How to Resolve Bald and Patchy Spots in Your Lawn?

Having a beautiful and healthy lawn can significantly upscale your property’s landscape. Besides that, it also offers a range of benefits to your outdoor space because it can help improve flood control, prevent erosion, enhance air quality and even reduce the noise in your area. However, keeping a lawn in excellent condition can be challenging and labour-intensive. Maintaining it may require mowing, applying the right fertilizer, aerating periodically, and watering regularly.

At Craigieburn Landscaping, we understand that lawn care and maintenance can be a tough and complicated job. Even if you follow every step by the book, you might still end up having a thin, bare or patchy lawn. The bald and patchy spots in your lawn can be caused by a variety of reasons such as overfertilizing, dog urine, soil compaction and lawn diseases. For this reason, our team wants to help you know how you can effectively restore your yard. Follow the methods and tips we will share with you below so you can rejuvenate the bare and distressed areas in your lawn.

Tools You Will Need for Lawn Repair

Before you start with your lawn improvement project, make sure that you keep these tools near you. Whether you are working on a small patchy spot in your yard or planning to resolve all the distressed areas in your lawn, it might be better to prepare all the materials and tools you will need.

Rake

Trowel

Lawn Mower

Grass Seed

Seed Spreader

Topsoil/Compost

Water

Shovel

Method #1: Patch the spots with seed.

Seeding the bare or patchy spots in your yard is an effective way to have a lush lawn again. However, before you start seeding, make sure that you determine the main cause of the bald patches in your lawn. Eliminate the bugs, insects, pests or fungal infections in the affected areas before you proceed with the seeding.

If there are still some existing grass around the affected spots, mow it but do not scrape the crowns of the grass. However, if the spot is already bare, you can just skip this step.

Clean the area thoroughly. Get rid of the clippings, dead grass or weeds to ensure that the seed can have direct contact with the soil.

Grab your garden rake and work over the soil in the affected spot. Create a good seedbed for the new seed and keep the soil smooth and level.

Get your grass seed and sprinkle them generously in the bald or patchy areas. You can also utilize a seed spreader to expedite this process.

After that, cover the seeds with a thin layer of natural compost or topsoil.

Water the area lightly to help the newly sown seeds germinate. You can also opt to use mulch or organic fertilizer for the grass to grow healthy.

Method #2: Patch the spots with sod.

If you are scouring for a quick and easy way to repair the bare and patchy areas in your lawn, laying sod can be your go-to solution. You can conveniently purchase rolls of sod from a garden centre or sod farm near you. Just follow the steps we have provided so you can restore your dead or damaged turf.

Prepare the soil by trimming any existing grass and cleaning the affected area.

Grab a shovel and cut out the affected spot in a rectangular shape. Make sure that you are able to dig out the diseased grass up to its roots.

After that, use a rake to loosen and prepare the soil for the sod.

Add some organic matter or compost before you level out the area. Make sure that there is ample space for the new sod to lie at the same level as the old ones.

Get the sod and cut it according to the size of the affected spot on your lawn. Push the sods firmly in the space to ensure that there is a tight seam between the patches.

Water the new sod thoroughly. Do this daily for about two weeks.

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