A healthy and appealing lawn is beneficial for many reasons. Not only does it help your home's curb appeal, but it can also increase your home's value. Unfortunately, maintaining a full, green, and healthy lawn is not always so simple. Certain things, such as pests, drought, and heat, can wreak havoc on specific areas of your lawn, resulting in dead patches of grass that decrease your home's appeal. With this guide, you will learn a few key steps to take if you have dead patches of grass.
Remove the Dead Grass/Debris
To get started restoring your lawn, you need to remove the dead patches of grass. A shovel can be used to dig up the entire dead area, which may include yellow or brown grass, weeds, and a few inches of dirt and soil.
Once the dead grass and weeds are removed, use a tiller to break apart the hard soil in the one affected area. If possible, have this soil tested to determine if it is missing any key nutrients, which may have caused the patch of grass' death.
Apply New Seed
After removing the dead grass and weeds, and testing the underlying soil, you can being planting new seed. Of course, the type of seed you plant will depend on the type of grass you have throughout your lawn.
For the best results, though, be sure to plant warm-season grasses if you live in a warm climate or have a lot of sun and heat. In shady areas or cooler climates, a cool-season grass, such as fescue, may be the best option.
Apply a good layer of grass seed to the tilled-up soil. The more grass seed planted, the more chance you have of growing a thick patch of new grass.
After planting the seed, water the lawn thoroughly.
Continue Watering and Feeding
New grass seed should be watered frequently. Never let the patch of newly-planted grass seed become dry, so continue checking and watering the grass as necessary. Once you notice the new grass seed has sprouted, you can reduce how much water is applied to the lawn.
Fertilize your lawn, focusing on the newly-planted grass, as well.
Do not forget to maintain the rest of your lawn while restoring the dead patches of grass. Continue mowing, watering, and fertilizing, as needed, to create a full and complete lawn of healthy grass.
Help is available if your lawn is showing signs of distress. With these tips, you will learn how to quickly restore lawns with dead patches. You can also hire a company for their landscaping services if you need assistance.