We all enjoy a lush, green yard, and we all run into trouble sometimes, even the experts. Lawn repair is easy to do; you just need to know the best way to get it back into shape. And as your local lawn care experts, we know just the way to do that.
Here are the five most common problems we hear from customers and our easy solutions to fix them.
Certain problems can block the grass from getting its nutrients.
- Thatch is the brown dead plant matter between the dirt and the blades. When it’s more than a 1/2 – inch thick, your grass can’t grow, so use a garden rake to pull it out.
- Soil Problems? When the ground becomes too packed down it becomes hard. It can’t breathe, and neither can the roots of your lawn. Plus, any fertilizer that gets applied could just run off. Hire a pro to come aerate and over-seed your lawn.
- Fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer. Instead of sitting on the surface, it will seep into the soil and to the grass’s roots.
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Brown spots are are usually dead or dying grass caused by too much nitrogen, either by too much fertilizer or animal urine. Lawn repair can be done with re-seeding, but watering away the nitrogen first is a big help.
- When the whole turf is going brown, it’s due to lack of water. Water properly, by giving an inch of water a week, to encourage deep roots and give you drought resistance.
- Mowing tips: Dull mower blades will turn the turf tips a ragged brown: get your mower blade sharpened. Keep your grass at least 3 inches high, and it provides shade for itself.
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When it almost seems as though your have more broad leaf weeds than grass in your yard, you can still get the lawn you want.
- Hire a lawn care professional that can come and fertilize your lawn and treat for weeds at the same time.
- Annual grassy weeds, like crabgrass, can be prevented in the spring so they don’t become a problem in the summer. Applying a pre-emergent weed killer, in the spring, stops the weed seeds before they germinate. We apply our pre-emergent with your slow release fertilization and broad leaf weed control, in round 2 of lawn care program.
- Proper feeding of your lawn is key in preventing weeds. Feeding at regular intervals, like every 6 weeks during the growing season, helps to thicken up and fill in bare spots, making them less welcoming to weeds.
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Repairing lawn with moss is not about just digging up the moss; you have to solve the underlying problem.
- The causes are too much water and not enough sun.
- If it’s a low lying area, build it up with topsoil and compost, and plant fresh seed and sod on top.
- Eliminate lower branches of trees and bushes to increase the sunshine and air.
- Don’t want to have grass in the area; plant a flower bed for shady plants instead.
Bare Patches/ Patchy Grass
Lawn repair for bare or patchy turf starts the same as #1, by fixing the soil with aeration and over-seeding.
- Lawn care continues by adding a layer of compost and/or topsoil. Now add fresh grass seed, gently rake it in, and mist with water. This is called over-seeding, and will help to fill in the whole lawn, but it is best done in spring or fall. You must never let it dry out and keep off the area until the grass is at least an inch high.
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