7 Solutions For Your Patchy Yard
The memories we make in the summer always seem to be some of the fondest. And often, these memories include time spent outside in our own backyard. Showing off one’s yard is a favorite amongst homeowners, but sometimes lawn conditions can get in the way of this. A patchy yard isn’t pleasant to look at, but it can be rectified by including some steps into your lawn care routine.
Identify the Cause
Bare spots or patches can be the result of several factors, including pet urine, foot traffic, grubs, wear and tear, and lawn diseases. The first step to fixing a patchy yard is identifying what the underlying cause is. Once you know what is causing the spots, you can work to repair them and prevent them in the future.
Get Rid of the Bad Stuff
Weeds, debris, moss, and dead grass should be removed from the area immediately. Rake away what you can, focusing on removing weeds and moss by their roots, so they don’t grow back. This is a good time to check if the patch can be picked up. If it is easily pulled away from the soil, a grub infestation is a likely cause.
Break up the Soil
Using a rake or cultivator, break up the soil, getting rid of any clumps until it is loose and fine. This will help new grassroots grow long, creating a healthy lawn. Add additional soil or compost and mix into the soil before you even out the surface.
Add Grass Seed
Once the area is even and flat, add grass seed by hand or with a spreader directly into the ground for even distribution. You should be able to see the seed, but it should not be piled in clumps. Sprinkle seeds on the area surrounding the patch as well, so the new grass will blend well with the rest. If you don’t use a spreader, rake the seeds a half inch into the ground to lessen the chance that it will wash away in a rainstorm.
Protect the Area
Birds and heat can be detrimental to newly planted grass. Reflective tape can deter birds from eating the seeds, and burlap can protect the area from extreme heat damage.
Water, Water, Water
It’s no secret that living things need water to flourish. Keep the area moist until the grass blades reach two to three inches. It is vital not to overwater the patch because too much water can wash the seeds away. If temperatures are scorching, plan on watering it twice daily in the early morning and late evening.
After the new grass reaches its desired height, mow the lawn on a higher setting to encourage continued growth, without killing it immediately from cutting it too short.
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