Stress, overuse of pesticides, dogs and compacted soils are just a few of the factors that can cause dead spots in an otherwise perfect lawn. Dead spots will never be 100% preventable, but it just takes a few easy steps to repair the damaged area.
3 Steps in Repairing Your Lawn
The first step in repairing the damaged lawn is to prepare the area. Turn the soil over approximately six inches. Make sure to remove any weeds, roots and rocks. For the best results, expand the area about three inches around the dead spot. Add a small amount of compost and work into the soil. Then rake the area and tap it even with the back of a shovel.
The next step is to sow the new grass seed. Purchase grass seed that is appropriate for the area. For small areas the best way to sow the grass seed is to scatter it by hand making sure the grass seed is evenly spread throughout the bare area. Cover the newly seeded area with a lightly layer of compost or dried grass clippings. Go light on the mulch or grass clippings; too heavy of a layer may prevent water from reaching the new seed.
The third and final step is to keep the seed and newly sprouted grass watered. To make sure the seed stays in place, use a mist attachment on a hose or sprinkler very lightly to water the area. Make sure the area is well soaked for the first couple of days. After the first couple of days a good watering once a day will be sufficient. However, if conditions are extremely dry, watering twice a day will be beneficial for the newly seeded area.
Sound like too much work? Make it easier on yourself by hiring a local landscaper to get the job done right!
Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care