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On the back of so much inquiry on this topic last week, we thought we'd share with you some more tips and tricks to help you tackle bare patches in your lawn.
Bare patches are a pain and they can occur due to excess compaction in certain areas of your lawn. You will usually find these bare patches (see below) on worn paths in the backyard, in a path to the pool, back shed or the clothesline. Excess wear causes the ground to compact, making it difficult for the turf to grow a runner through the hard ground.
Turf runners will not grow on compacted ground. So, if you can't push a screwdriver through the distressed area, you've got an issue with bare patches.
Here's two recommended methods for repairing bare patches:
If your bare patches are fairly small (smaller than an A4 sheet of paper), you can fix these patches without having to buy turf.
First, de-compact the ground with a chipping hoe or similar to break up the soil and allow air and nutrients to penetrate. Turn the ground over to make sure it is de-compacted to a depth of at least 100mm.
Next, level the ground so it matches in with the existing levels. This will provide a nice soft base for the turf to produce a runner and repair itself. To help soften the base further, you can also apply a small amount of sandy top dress to the area that is bare.
Then, fertilise and water while the turf is repairing itself. Fertilise every 8 – 9 weeks and water a couple of times a week (you can get away with just watering the bare areas).
Whilst your grass is repairing, it is important to minimise traffic as much as possible. The repair process could take a couple of months to fully complete, depending on the time of the year and the size of the patch,
The second method, which is preferred, is to lay new turf to the affected bare area. It is also recommended to use this method on smaller areas as it is quicker, easier, and much cheaper in the long run. First, rake out any dead foliage in the bare area. Similar to the first method, turn over and level the existing soil and bring in new sandy loam (if needed) to bring the ground level up to the existing grass.
Once the area is prepared, pop down to your nearest Lawn Solutions Australia accredited turf supplier and pick up the amount of turf you need.
Cut the turf to the size required (remember when preparing the area to try and make it as square as possible to help with the patch up) and lay it in the bare patch. Use any leftover sandy soil to top dress around the edges.
Don't forget to water the new turf in well, as you would a new lawn, and try to avoid mowing it until it has rooted into the ground. Continue watering regularly to keep the new turf's feet wet while it is establishing into the ground.
For additional advice, and for all our recommended products to help your lawn look its best, visit www.coolturf.com.au or call our team - 1800 055515 for all the right advice.
Image: thanks to thespruce.com