Do you dream of having a lush looking lawn? Are you plagued by unsightly bare, bald, thin or patchy spots? Whatever you want to call those unsightly spots within your lawn, there is hope for treating them, and restoring your lawn to its once lush glory. Read on for more information on how to repair bare spots in your lawn. If you have any questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact Elite Landscaping.
Bare spots in your lawn could result from heavy foot traffic, drought, disease, chemical burn, weed or insect infestations, dogs doing their daily business, or any combination of these conditions. Before you can repair bare spots in your lawn, it is imperative that you determine the root cause of the problem, as this will help prevent it from reoccurring and destroying your perfectly manicured yard.
Determining the Root Cause of the Problem
If heavy foot traffic is the cause of the bare spots in your lawn, look for ways to minimize the amount of traffic those areas receive. Some great methods for controlling foot traffic include installing stepping stones, a gravel pathway, or a barrier that works to reroute traffic and protect your lawn – all of which are relatively inexpensive to incorporate into your landscaping.
If you’re dealing with a insect or weed infestation, or a combination of the two, it’s best to determine the specific cause of the infestation(s) prior to remedying the problem. Once applied, most treatments will require some time to work, before you can grow new grass. Always follow manufacturer recommendations when using any kind of treatment to avoid adverse effects.
Ready, Set, Repair
Once you have addressed the specific cause or causes of the bare spots in your lawn, it’s time to repair the damage, which is easier to do than you’d think. Your best bet is to replant the grass using seed, fertilizer, and mulch. Depending on availability, you can also use sod, as long as you keep it moist. The next six steps will walk you through the process of replanting.
Step #1: Break up the dirt using various garden tools.
Step #2: Add top soil if your dirt is mostly clay (common in Arizona).
Step #3: Choose the right type of grass seed depending on shade density and spread onto to the dirt patch using a seed spreader or your hands.
Step #4: Add fertilizer separately. You can also purchase all-in-one lawn patches which combine grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch.
Step #5: Spread the mulch material of your choice on the affected areas after planting the grass seed and applying the fertilizer to help keep it moist and prevent the birds from eating your seeds.
Step #6: Water right away and frequently. You should water the affected areas up to three times per day for 7 to 10 days following seeds’ application. Once the grass has started growing, you can water once per day.
*Note: Late spring is the best time to repair bare spots in warm season grasses, whereas, early fall is the best time to repair bare spots in cool season grasses. If you don’t know what type of grass you have, or you have any questions you’d like answered, please feel free to contact a professional landscaper.*