Patchy lawn?

Poor lawn care maintenance is often the reason behind a patchy lawn, although there can be other contributing factors such as heavy footfall and drainage problems. Find out how to deal with a patch lawn with advice from Essex turf supplier, Paynes Turf.

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Using turf to repair a patchy lawn

If the patchy area is relatively small cut out the damaged section by marking it with a half moon edging tool, and then use a spade to undercut the old turf and remove. Use a garden fork to lightly turn over the soil, add topsoil if required, and then cut out a section of new turf to fill the space completely. Firm down, especially at the edges, and water in well. Continue to water every day (depending upon weather conditions) until the new turf has established.

Using grass seed to repair a patchy lawn

It’s also possible to repair patches using grass seed, although bear in mind that the seed will take a long time to grow. Remove the patchy area as above, use a garden fork to lightly turn over the soil, and fill the space in with topsoil. Sprinkle on the grass seed (following the manufacturer’s instructions) and top with a sprinkle of compost or topsoil to stop birds from eating the seeds.

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How to help prevent a patchy lawn

Patchy lawn problems can be prevented from occurring by carrying out a regular lawn care maintenance programme. This will include feeding the lawn, sorting out any drainage problems, aerating and scarifying the lawn, and mowing on a regular basis to the correct height. Follow the links below to find out more about lawn care: