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How to Repair a Damaged Lawn

For those of you who have lawns, you’ll know the struggle of keeping them green and luscious year round. For various reasons, they can quickly become patchy and worn. Grass is an amazing plant for regenerating quickly, so if your lawn is damaged, it shouldn’t take long to get it in tip-top shape again. It’s best to repair your lawn in the autumn or spring, when moisture levels are at an optimum and help it grow back thicker and healthier.

Wear & Tear

If your lawn is looking a little tired from too many trampling feet, you’ll either need to re-seed or replace the worn patch, depending on how much damage there is. For larger areas in need of repair, re-seed the area by first digging up the affected soil. Sprinkle seeds into the hole and cover with a topsoil. Water thoroughly with a gentle hose setting.

For smaller patches, you can replace with a piece of turf from somewhere else in the garden. Cut out the affected area into a square shape, then use this as a template for the new piece of turf. Place the new turf into the new hole, pushing down the edges to blend in. Finish by watering with a gentle hose setting. If you have any, use a sandy topsoil to sprinkle over the edges of the new piece before watering.

Lack of Sunshine

For very shady areas of garden, you might find the grass doesn’t receive enough sunlight, becoming thin and yellow as time passes. Unless you can find a bush or plant to replace the grass in this area, you’ll need to re-seed it every spring. If the shade is caused by other plants or trees, re-seed as early as March, allowing the seeds to get as much sunlight before the leaves appear on the trees.

Animal Urine

Fox and female dog urine kills grass, so if you find areas that are dying, the first step is to remove the dead grass, either by digging out or using a rake. Sprinkle new seeds on top and water regularly.

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