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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Repair Dead Grass

Patches of dead grass in your lawn can be unsightly and frustrating.  When you work hard to maintain a beautiful lawn, these patches can be a constant source of ire.  The good news, however, is that they can be fixed.  The key is to first determine and eliminate the source of the problem, and then to reseed or patch the area so that it is as healthy and attractive as the rest of the lawn.  The process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few months, depending on the repair that you choose.

The first step towards fixing dead grass is to determine the cause.  While dead grass caused from animal waste can be hard to stop, putting up a fence can keep unwanted animals off of your property.  Damage caused by weeds or parasites will require that the offending cause be eliminated through pesticides or other methods before reseeding, and areas that are damaged by excessive heat will require the use of a sprinkler or other irrigation method.

When the cause of your problem has been isolated and solved, you are ready to start repairing your grass.  Many people choose to use patches to quickly resolve dead spots.  These patches include both soil and established grass and can be cut to fit virtually any space.  You will want to ensure that they are properly placed so that they are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the yard and that you water and maintain them very well until they have settled.  Patching can be a very simple solution to patchy spots in your yard, but it is also one of the more costly solutions.

Another common treatment is to simply re-seed the area.  In order to do this, you will want to purchase seeds of the same variety of grass existing in your yard.  Talk with a gardener or supplier if you are unsure what you need and they will be able to provide you with the correct seeds.  Mow the area where you will be planting new seeds and use a rake to remove all of the dead grass from the area.  This will ensure that the seeds can reach into the ground easily.  Using your rake to loosen the soil can make the process much more effective, and applying a layer of topsoil is highly recommended.  Spread the seed throughout the area, cover it with dirt and then with straw or peat moss.

When the seeds have been sown, all that you will need to do is water the area a few times a day until germination occurs.  After this you will need to water only once daily and to apply fertilizer when the grass is about an inch high.  Do not mow the area until the grass has reached three inches in height and take care not to overfertilize the area.  When your grass has reached this height, it is safe to mow and the process will be complete, ensuring that your yard is as green and beautiful as ever.

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