Lawn Care Tips And Repairing Bare Spots

Lawn care tips and repairing the dead spots that are marring the apprearance of your lawn. It is easy and inexpensive, so what are you waiting for?

Dead, brown spots in your lawn can be caused by a variety of problems. Too much traffic, from children to pets, can cause the soil to become over compacted and kill the grass. If this is the problem, you can repair the grass, but you need to think of a long-term solution to the traffic problem, such as stepping stones, fencing or rerouting the traffic flow. If the grass gradually thins and dies, it may be due to an insect problem. If you suspect that this may be the case, you should have your county extension agent come out and advise you on the best method of getting rid of the insects before you attempt the repair.

The best time to repair the lawn is in the early spring so that the grass can grow along with the rest of your lawn, and gradually blend in. Begin by choosing lawn seed that is fresh and the same type as what you have growing. Most lawns are a variety of different grasses, so that in any one bag you may have five to seven different types. This is because certain grasses grow better than others under certain conditions, and the more variety you have, the more likelihood you have of finding something that will work reliably. Loosen up any compacted soil and sprinkle lawn seed liberally over the soil. Cover the seed with some straw mulch, and water thoroughly. As the grass seed germinates and begins to grow, you will need to continue to water the area to keep the area moist. The roots of young grass are especially tender and will die quickly if allowed to dry out.

Once the grass has sprouted and started growing, you can go back and gently rake up the straw mulch. Continue to let the grass grow until it is well established, and then you can begin to mow it. The first year do not mow it to low, as the blades of grass shade and protect the roots, encouraging them to grow stronger.



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