DIY Dead Patches in Your Lawn
Dead patches in your lawn can be frustrating and unsightly. They can also be frustrating, and it’s often difficult to know where to start in remedying the situation. It’s actually quite simple to get your lawn back to an emerald green landscape. If you follow these steps, your lawn should look healthy all over within a few short weeks.
Step 1: Prepare the Soil
Preparing the area that contains the dead patch is important. Remove any weeds or damaged grass that may have accumulated in that spot. It is recommended to enlarge the area for another 6 inches past the actual dead patch. After you have done this, prepare the soil as if you were planting a new lawn entirely. Remove any rocks or roots, and add some compost in with the soil. Lastly, smooth over the soil with a rake and then pat it all down.
Step 2: Grass Seed
Check on the package for your grass seed for the rate at which it needs to be sowed. After scattering the seed by hand, rake over it to over with a layer of soil. If the weather is hot like Atlanta tends to be, covering weed-free mulch should do the trick. Recycling your old grass clippings will make perfect mulch for this project. However it’s tricky, too many clippings can be too dense and no water or sun can get it. In important thing to note is to make sure you buy the correct seed type for your lawn. Mixing different types of grasses can be disastrous in the long run. If you aren’t positive on how to buy grass seen, Unlimited Landscaping will be glad to assist you.
Step 2: Sod
For the impatient homeowner, there is also the option of sod. Sod delivers fast results and can easily patch any dead spot in your lawn. First, cut the sod to the correct size and shape of the affected area. Then, place a small piece on the patch. If you find that sod sits higher than the rest of the lawn, excavate some soil, smooth it out, and try again. If you place your sod too high, it will get scalped by the lawn mower. If there is a gap in the sod, it will take longer to fill in. Gently walking over the area will make sure that the sod roots have a good contact with the soil.
Step 3: Water, water everywhere
Watering is crucial so that the patched up area of the lawn is moist for at least the first couple of weeks. Watering gently for new seeds is beneficial, you can use a mist attachment to do this. Sod can handle a more powerful spray, but both need to soak to a depth of 6 inches for the first few days. This needs to be followed by daily or even twice daily watering until it is all well established.