April – Grass repairs

Grass areas: Repairing

Patches in lawns can appear for various reasons, and when they do, it is always prudent to repair them. It should first be defined what the grass area is there for? A play area for children will need to recover quickly, perhaps needing watering and aerating, where as a lawn that never gets walked upon may need more cutting. Football pitches at the top level of sports are repaired after each fixture.

 “For the best-looking grass pitch, simply do not play on it!”

Lawn 2Re-seeding, or turfing bare patches will thwart weeds growing in the patches, and, of course, healthy grass growth looks much better, than bare earth.

Lawns that have developed areas of meagre green growth, perhaps from physical damage or wear and tear, should be repaired. But if the wear is, always in the same place, or in a line, consider why? Perhaps it is a straight line walk way, consider a path or stepping stones.

bare patch dont reseed it pave it  bare patch stepping stones

 

Lawns that are generally poor, weedy, or light will benefit from a plan of detailed lawn maintenance. This may include aeration, scarifying, and much more

If the lawn is really bad, then consider total re-laying with new turf or re-seeding entirely.

When to repair lawns?

Lawns are best repaired in spring or early autumn, when the weather is damp and cool, as the lawn is most likely to recover well in these conditions. Too cold and the grass will not grow, Too warm and the soil will be too dry for it to thrive.

Potential Problems?

Sometimes, repaired areas appears a different colour from the existing lawn. Using turf from elsewhere in the garden (rather than new turf) to repair your lawn may avoid this problem. But usually after the first season of cutting the entire lawn should retain a consistent colour.

If you want us to assess your lawn area, grass border, or soil conditions, please give us a call…