There’s nothing more upsetting than attempting lawn repair when the lawn seems like a lost cause. From thin grass to weeds and bare patches, it all can be extremely discouraging and occur before you know it, especially after extreme weather. Don’t worry, there’s a way back, and it’s easier than you might think. Here are 5 ways to quickly restore your lawn back to good health.
Seed, Seed, Seed!
Often the best paths to speedy lawn repair is to apply new seeds to fill in bare or struggling spots. It is always recommended that you apply seeds annually to keep your lawn thick and healthy. Now, I’m not going to say that if you’re lawn is completely covered in weeds or has very little grass that overseeding alone will help but without this component, it will be a very discouraging process. Always combine overseeding with plenty of water, a little extra top soil as well as room to grow undisturbed.
Rake and Remove
With the grass and weeds dead, the next thing to do is to remove them. Mowing can help with this, or you can skip that step and move straight on to raking them free of your lawn. By raking out the old debris you’re creating space for the new seeds to grow. Also, this step is crucial because if the old, dead grass isn’t removed then you run the risk of whatever created the problem to continue and potentially spread throughout the lawn.
Here’s where the lawn repair really begins. Once you have raked the lawn, removed the debris and planted your new seeds it is best to apply a start up fertilizer to help the baby grass thrive. Be sure to use the correct blend of Nitrogen and Potassium to ensure you don’t burn the lawn. We’re always here to help if you have any questions about the right type to use.
Once everything is planted and fertilized, the next thing to do is to keep the lawn well watered, ensuring its never dry as the grass begins to grow. Don’t overdo it and leave your lawn drenched, moist will do. This special attention should only last until the grass is growing, after which the standard one inch of water a week will be enough. The rule of thumb is once per day for 2 weeks. After this time you should start seeing new grass shoots growing and you can start to let nature take its course. If you don’t see them after 2 weeks then keep to the regular schedule of once per day. You may have a different problem if you don’t see grass within 3 weeks of planting.
Starting Mowing Again
Finally, lawn repair ends with mowing your lawn once the grass has grown to the length of 3 inches. Make sure the mower blade is sharp – a dull one will rip your grass, damaging its integrity – and you don’t cut more than half an inch during your first mow. Once you’ve done this, congratulations, you have a healthy lawn once more.