Bare spots can pop up in even the best-kept lawns. Insects, a plant disease, shade, or competition with nearby plants for moisture can leave your yard with unsightly bare, thin, or weedy patches.
If there are bare spots on your lawn, don’t despair. Repairs are easy to make once you understand how. Adding fresh seed or sod can give your property the even, lush green you want. Here’s your grassroots guide to fixing your lawn’s bald patches.
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There are several ways to make bare spots in your lawn green once more. Here are a few methods.
Cut the grass around the spot, and rake the bare soil to break it up. Sprinkle grass seed thickly in the empty area that needs remedying. Cover the seeds with a light sprinkle of topsoil and then water thoroughly. Some grass seed is lower quality than others, so be sure to purchase from reliable retailers like Nature’s Seed.
You can also use a lawn repair mix to repair bare spots. These mixes include grass seed as well as mulch or topsoil. Rake the barren area and add lawn repair mix, following package directions.
Placing sod over the bare spots in a lawn is the fastest way to a lush, green lawn. To place the sod, prepare the soil of the plain area the same way you would for grass seed, but rake deep enough so that the sod is even with the surrounding grass. Cut the sod to fit the space and walk on the sod to press it into place. Water thoroughly and often to help the grass take root.
The best method of dealing with bare spots is to avoid them altogether. Here are some ways to keep your lawn in healthy condition.
Watering frequently and long enough for the moisture to sink into the roots of the grass is the best way to avoid arid areas in your yard.
Grub worms, chinch bugs, and sod webworms can damage lawns, leaving bare spots in their wake. Controlling insects is essential to preventing bare areas in properties before they appear.
One key to having an even, green lawn of healthy grass is to know the pH of your grass and soil and make amendments as needed. Call in a lawn expert for professional advice.
Having pets using a yard for relief or digging can leave bare spots, and so can accidents such as spilling fertilizer. Keep pets out of areas you’re repairing and take care when working with lawn chemicals.
Weeds can leave bare spots in your yard by competing with grass for moisture and nutrients. Controlling weeds will keep your grass healthy and help eliminate bare areas.
Repairing thin and bare areas will dramatically improve your lawn’s appearance, but you’ll have more bare spots to fix unless you address what’s causing your yard to go bald. Keeping grass well-nourished, watered, and protected from the damage caused by weeds and insects.