How to repair a lawn

Bald patches can make your lovely lawn look messy and uncared for, so find out how to repair a lawn in a simple 5-step process, with advice from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

Heavy footfall, pets, and children’s football games can have a detrimental effect on a lawn, creating bald patches, dips and scuffs that require re-turfing to bring it back to its former glory. Thankfully, repairing a lawn is relatively quick and easy with turf rolls. It’s best to make the repairs during the spring or autumn when there’s a higher amount of rainfall, however it can be done all year round, providing there’s no snow or frost on the ground when you do it.

How to repair a lawn

To repair your lawn, you’ll need a garden spade, garden fork, half-moon edging tool, garden rake, a brush and a watering can or hose pipe.

Step 1: Make sure the new turf fits exactly – place it over the damaged area, then cut around the edge of the turf (going through the new turf and the turf below) using the half-moon shaped tool. Roll up the new turf and set it aside.

Step 2: Lift the damaged turf using the spade – push the spade into the soil then cut horizontally under the turf, making sure that you remove the matted part of the turf only, and not loose soil.

Step 3: Use the garden fork to turn over the soil and then mix in a little topsoil. This will help the new turf to establish quickly. It’s also a good idea to mix in a little sharp sand to help with drainage. Use the rake to make sure the ground is flat and even, ready for the new turf. It’s also a good idea at this point to water the soil in order to give the new turf the best chance of establishing quickly.

Step 4: Lay the pre-cut piece of turf into the hole and firm it down with the back of the rake or a board. Brush topsoil around the edges of the turf to fill in any gaps and to prevent the edges from drying out.

Step 5: Water the turf well using the watering can or the hose pipe, but ensure the water soaks through to the ground below. Water every day for at least 2 weeks. Repeat the process over other areas of the lawn that need to be repaired.