Top tips for repairing bare patches in lawns
The last thing you want when you’ve just started planning all your summer BBQs and garden parties is to find a bare patch in your lush lawn but if you do, don’t panic! This blog can help you get your lawn back to best just in time for the BBQ season.
Now is the ideal time to tackle bare patches in your lawn as the weather in spring provides the optimum conditions for your lawn to recover quickly. Autumn is another good time to fix problems with your turf as the similar damp, cool weather will help your lawn to regain a neat, healthy form.
Bare patches can appear for a number of reasons, including physical damage, lack of nutrients, pests, general wear and tear or longstanding issues with weeds. But, with a little bit of extra care and maintenance, you can prevent moss and weeds taking over the soil and avoid the need to replace your turf altogether.
Repairing with turf
Start by using a sharp spade to cut out the damaged patch and then gently rake the soil before adding topsoil or compost to the area if needed. Next, fill the bare patch with a healthy piece of turf the same size as the one you’ve removed – you can use new turf or turf from another area of the garden. If you choose to lay new turf, try to use the same supplier as the rest of your turf to avoid colour differences between the old and new turf. Finally, fill any gaps around the patch with a top-dressing and water well.
Repairing with seed
When using seed the first few steps are the same as with turf; remove the bare patch from your lawn, lightly fork the remaining soil and top with compost or topsoil. Then sprinkle grass seed over the patch, scattering half in one direction and the rest in the other – always check the packet for the sowing rate. Finally, use a light layer of topsoil or compost to hide the seeds from the birds then water well or, alternatively, you can use netting to protect the patch. Another good idea is to cover the area with a sheet of polythene to encourage the seeds to germinate.
And, once your lawn has made a full recovery, you can use our how to tidy your lawn edges blog to ensure the outside of your lawn is in the same great condition.
If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else relating to your garden, please tweet me @best4hedging and I’ll be happy to help.