There are lots of different reasons for parts of your lawn to go bald – and very few of them are down to poor lawn care.
One of the most common reasons is wear and tear, closely followed by shade, pet urine and occasionally pests and diseases. Repairs are usually easy and rarely is there any need to replace the whole lawn.
Wear and Tear
Frequent traffic on your turf usually results in compacted soil beneath your lawn becoming compacted which causes problems for turf health and growth.
A long term fix to this issue could be to lie stepping stones down in high-wear areas as well as rotating the heavy used areas, for example moving goal posts and garden furniture around.
In the short term the compaction can be repaired using the following:
Aerate the area
Start by aerating the area to create air holes in your garden turf. This process is vital to bringing your lawn back to health and improves drainage and reduces puddle formation.
Once the aeration is completed scarify your lawn by raking out all dead bits of grass, roots, leaves and moss etc. to loosen up the top layer of soil. Once the area is level, sprinkle on some grass seed and water it well until your new grass is good and robust.
When your lawn is struggling in the shade
The first thing you should consider is whether you can rectify the cause of the problem. Thinning out any trees and shrubs will expose your turf to more sunlight.
If this is not possible, follow these simple steps:
- Firstly you should rake out any debris and loosen the soil just as you would if the problems were caused by general wear and tear. The area should then be seeded using a shade tolerant grass seed.
- Keep watering until the grass is growing strongly
If your lawn is in the shade for more than half the day:
- Don’t cut it too short, about 5cm is the minimum length you should be aiming for.
- Keep it fed all year round
- Try to avoid subjecting the area to heavy usage
Here at Ivinghoe Turf we are turfing experts and have been growing and supply our very own grades of high quality lawn turf for more than three decades. Whether you are looking for a family lawn or turf able to withstand high footfall, we have the solution for you. In addition we also offer a selection of grass seeds to repair damaged areas of your grass.