How to Fix Dead Patches in Your Lawn

Fix Dead Patches in Your LawnBare patches and dead spots in the lawn is a problem that every homeowner faces from time to time. No matter how well you take care of your lawn, sooner or later something will happen that needs repair. Dead patches are not an unusual problem; animals, disease or poor soil conditions can cause them. Luckily, they are not difficult to fix. Here is what you need to do to take of brown, dying spots in your lawn .

Aerate Your Lawn

Grass needs well aerated soil that both holds moisture and drains excess water. Even if you just to need to fix two or three dead areas, go ahead and aerate the whole lawn. It will improve the overall health of your turf. You can rent an aerator for a day – they are about the size of a lawn mower – or hire Wright Landscape Services to aerate your yard. The aerator pulls out small plugs of soil. The holes allow water and air to get deeper in the soil; the plugs break down and help new seed germinate.

Topdress with Compost

Topdress with CompostPoor soil is one of the main causes of dead grass patches. Topdressing your lawn with compost is the best way to provide nutrients and improve the quality of the soil. Compost adds organic matter that improves soil structure. The nutrients it contains are released slowly, which is ultimately better for your lawn than a quick dash of chemical fertilizer.

Pelletized compost is the easiest to apply. The pellets expand when they get wet, so a bag covers a much larger area than you might think. Spread a thin layer over your entire yard, but focus on the dead areas that need fixing.

Reseed Your Lawn

Reseed Your LawnThe dead spots in your lawn will need to be seeded to produce new growth. A mix of perennial rye and blue grass works well in most parts of Ontario. Seed mixes are also available from your landscape supplier. Lightly spread seed in the newly prepared bare areas, but also take a look at the overall lawn. If the grass seems thin or sparse, you may want to overseed everywhere. Blue grass takes about 28 days to germinate, so you’ll have to be patient.

Water thoroughly after reseeding – after all, watering is still the most important factor in maintaining a green, lush lawn. The new seed should be kept moist until it germinates, which is usually five to seven days. Then, gradually reduce how often you water. Established lawns do better with a few deep waterings instead of more frequent, quick watering.

These basic steps will fix the dead patches in your lawn. If you have ongoing problems with the health of your lawn, consult with the landscape experts at Wright Landscape Services. For most homeowners, aerating, topdressing and seeding are easy tasks that will help to revive and renew your lawn with lush, green growth.

Grass photo credit to Eric Martin under cc 2.0
Neighbours Compost photo credit to Joi Ito under cc 2.0
Home is where the sprinkler is photo credit to Robert Couse-Baker under cc 2.0