How to repair a damaged lawn

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Lawns can be damaged for a number of reasons. Harmful insects can destroy a lawn, unwanted plants can start to breed in it, or a healthy lawn can become diseased due to lack of water and fertilizer. One of your main goals when repairing a damaged lawn is to take action as soon as any of the above causes occur. After too long, it can take an incredible amount of time and energy, which is often more difficult.

Here are some tips for a healthy lawn that should get you started in the right direction.

1. Water, water, water.
During droughts, we often have to water more for obvious reasons. A couple of times a week is all it takes to spread enough water to bring the grass back to life. A good way to measure the amount of water is to place an empty food can around the watering can. When the can is about 2cm full of water, the lawn should have enough water to absorb it.

2. Replace dead spots.
Not everyone likes to pull grass. However, if a dead spot has appeared in the lawn and additional maintenance does not solve the problem, the only option left is to dig it up. Using a small hand shovel can help you avoid removing too much grass. Dig up all the dead space, but be sure to leave as much dirt as possible. Shake the seeds into the soaked area. Be sure to water several times a week until you start seeing grass.

3. Use a tiered system.
A staggered fertilization system is quite often the best way to ensure that your grass stays healthy and receives maximum water and nutrients throughout the year while protecting against unwanted insects or plants. There is usually a 4 step process, you may find some products with less as well as more. Each stage has a different mix, so each time combats a different type of problem and/or uses a different amount of nutrients.

Scotts has a great product that offers a 4 stage fertilization system. The first step is to control grubs and other noxious weeds, the second is to control broadleaf weeds, and the third and fourth steps help support and strengthen roots and grass, maximizing water uptake and nutrient uptake.

4. Dead grass can be an enemy.
Although you might not think that dead grass can cause harm, it can be quite harmful to your lawn. Remove ungrown grass with a sod rake. Reseed the area. After re-sowing, cover the seeds with a small amount of dirt. Be sure to water several times a week until the new grass grows.

5. A little trick.
For this, you need to connect a hose to the sprayer. Mix several gallons of water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid (liquid). Spraying this on the grass will help remove accumulated dirt. This is basically how you clean the grass. Who would have thought? This will allow the grass to absorb water and nutrients that it would not otherwise be able to absorb.

6. Fight unwanted plants.
Plants can often overwhelm a lawn very quickly if left untouched, especially from a plant bed. This can quickly turn into a problem if you don't control the excess plants from the plant bed. You must immediately remove or cut back any plants that begin to penetrate the plant bed into the lawn.