Its spring time, you look outside and see that winter has not been kind to your lawn. Its matted, has some brown spots, maybe some bare spots, what to do?
It's not hard to fix a damaged lawn. It takes a few tools and a bit of effort but here are the steps that will insure success.
The best defense is to keep your lawn healthy by fertilizing and topdressing with organic material. You can check out our Organic Lawn Care Program here.
Mow your lawn correctly, that is regularly and at a height of about 3 inches, and aerate it periodically to discourage thatch buildup and soil compaction.
Spring time is a great opportunity to rid your landscape of small bare, thin, or weedy patches that occasionally develop in certain areas. And repairing lawn isn't as difficult as it might seem.
The most important step in lawn restoration is to deal with any problems as soon as possible so the damage doesn't spread. Weeds will rapidly fill in bare lawn areas if you don't fill in that space promptly with new grass. Before you start, know that lawn repair is a three-part process.
This can be as simple as road salt, dog urine, something left on the lawn over the winter or something that doesn't seem to have an obvious cause. Consider if this is something that is an on going problem that could be fixed by doing something differently or is it a systemic problem that is going to keep happening anyway. As in could you place containers on a hard surface rather than the lawn or do you have bare patches because that is where the snow gets piled because there is no where else for it.
The reason this matters is because if you can avoid having to patch your lawn each spring, isn't it worth a bit of thought?
Consider replacing lawn areas that continually need to be patched with a perennial or bed or a mulched or hard surface. While it will cost more than patching, it may solve a continual problem that is more efficient in the long run and certainly more attractive than grass in a problem area.
If you decide to patch you will need to decide on seed or sod. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Grass Seed Pros
Grass Seed Cons
To repair lawn patches, you can over seed with new grass seed. In Ontario do this early in the spring, so the cool-season grasses have time to develop strong roots before they have to face summer.
Laying sod is the quickest and easiest way to patch a dead or damaged lawn area. You can lay it any time during the season. The only factor is how much you will need to water it to compensate for any lack of rain until it is established.
There are as many solutions to a problem area as there are problem areas. Each one has its own opportunities and issues. Make a list of what the problem actually is. There is a reason your grass doesn't grow well there. It could be foot traffic, lack of light, poor soil, a pet's favourite area. When fixing the grass isn't the answer consider whether the answer is a different plant or a different surface.
If you are in the Smiths Falls, Merrickville and Perth area, we would be pleased to provide a free consultation to discuss how we can help. You can leave a comment here, schedule an appointment or give us a call