Fix the dead patches and revive your lawn
A thick, glossy lawn is the pride and joy of all gardeners, professionals and amateurs alike. However, that deep, vibrant green color that gives the impression of the luscious ocean won’t have the same effect if there are patches in your lawn.
If your lawn is dead or just looks a bit worse for wear due to dead grass and patches, don’t worry. You can quickly fix this situation by yourself. There are some handy DIY ways to remedy this situation.
Lawn maintenance takes time and effort, though. Therefore, it might not be easy, and it indeed won’t be instantaneous, but with a little bit of patience, you can bring back the glory to the jewel of your garden.
What causes the patches in the lawn?
Firstly, it’s essential to determine what caused your lawn to look the way it does. That way, you can remedy the cause, so all the work that goes into reviving your yard isn’t a waste.
A myriad of things can cause patches in the lawn:
- oil or petrol that’s spilled on the lawn
- too much or not enough watering
- chemical waste from construction
- overdoses of fertilizers, weed killers, and moss controllers
- lawn diseases and water-repellent fungi
Therefore, it’s best to determine the cause of your patches and the dead grass before you start reviving your lawn. That will also help you choose the right way and the perfect approach to fixing the dead patches.
Different ways to restore your lawn and get rid of bare spots
There are several different approaches you can take while restoring your lawn. You can’t just water and feed it and hope for the best. While dealing with patching, you can choose the right approach for your lawn, depending on what caused the patches in your lawn.
Reseeding your lawn
When you have successfully removed the cause of patchiness, you’ll probably need to reseed your lawn. You can do this yourself, with a couple of garden tools. All it takes is a bit of time and patience.
Firstly, you’ll have to choose the right seeds. Planting the wrong kind of grass might have been your problem in the first place. Therefore, determine which seeds are ideal for the type of lawn you have and for the areas where the patches appeared. For a more durable lawn, pick lawn seeds with ryegrass. For a high-quality lawn that shines, use blended fine grass seeds. Finally, for shaded lawns, use appropriate seed mixtures designed to withstand those conditions.
Once you have the right seeds, you can start the reseeding.
Clear the area
You’ll want to remove any debris, pebbles, and dead leaves from the patchy spots in your lawn. Use a rake. Once you’ve removed everything, prepare the soil for seeds. Break the soil up and loosen it with a rake. That will allow aeration, and your seeds will grow better and faster.
Prepare the patch
Cover the patch you’ve cleaned with compost or with fresh soil. Mix the new soil in with your rake.
Spread the seeds
Spread the seeds so that they cover the entire patch. However, be careful not to overseed your lawn. The grains shouldn’t pile over each other. Spread the seeds over the patchy area in two directions – left to right, and up and down. Spread some seeds on the surrounding lawn as well. That will make the patches blend in more easily.
Cover the seed
Once you’ve sprinkled the seed, cover it with a top layer of fresh soil. That will protect the seeds from birds and wind. However, make sure not to overdo it. You need to allow the sun rays to reach the seeds, so don’t smother them entirely with soil. You can lightly rake over the patch to mix in the seeds and the two layers of fresh soil. Don’t be too rough, or you’ll rake the seeds away.
The next step is to lightly water the area. You’ll need to water your seeds daily. However, don’t overwater your patches. The top layer of soil should be moist but not soggy. When the grass starts to grow, gradually increase the amount of water you apply until it’s evened out with the rest of the lawn. Then, you can water the entire garden as usual.
Do not mow your patches until they are slightly higher than the rest of your lawn. Allow the grass to grow naturally for a while. That means you’ll need to skip the newly seeded patches for a couple of mowing cycles.
Apply fertilizers to feed your newly seeded patches after 6 to 8 weeks after the seeding. Fertilize the entire lawn so that it evens out.
You can help your grass grow with special growing mediums. Speed the process up by using some of the products that are a pre-mixed composite of seeds, soils, food, and coir.
Patching with sod
If you’re not patient enough to wait a couple of months until the grass evens out, you can always patch your lawn with sod. That is a much simpler technique. Just cut a patch from a roll of grass sod. Make sure that the piece is slightly larger than the spot you want to fill in.
Remove the dead grass in your lawn in the shape and size of the patch of sod you have cut beforehand. Loosen up the soil with a rake, and place the patch of sod in it. Water the new area immediately and keep watering it several times a day for a couple of days. You can resume your regular watering schedule once the patch is bonded and it grows on its own.
Lawn repair and revival
If your entire lawn looks a little bit worse for wear, you can reseed the whole thing. Use the same technique as you would when reseeding specific spots. Rake the entire lawn, seed it, and cover it with a thin layer of topsoil.
It’s best to water your lawn early in the morning and at dusk. When the seeds start to sprout, you should water them on a daily basis.
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Sandy, a mother of two, is a bonafide gardener, plant enthusiast, and grass whisperer. Her favorite place in the whole world is her garden, which she considers to be her third baby. She also loves cooking and discovering new recipes. Therefore, her herb garden comes in real handy, every day!