It happens all the time to a homeowner. They walk out on their lawn and notice an unusual amount of bare spots on their lawn, while their neighbor’s lawn is thick, green, and flourishing. Certainly, a patchy looking lawn with bare spots is not very attractive and reduces a home’s curb appeal too. Patchy bare spots are caused by a number of ordinary everyday things. For example, bug infestations, pets urinating on the lawn, kids playing on the lawn, excess heat in the summer, drought conditions. Here are a few tips to get your lawn looking beautiful again.
The first step is to get out your rake and other gardening tools and clean the yard. Rake the yard and remove all debris out of the yard. This process will make it easier for the new seeds to come into contact with the fresh soil and germinate. Don’t forget to use the appropriate rake to loosen up the soil, if the soil seems too hard. Seeds germinate quicker over loose soil. At this point, you might wish to add a bit of compost on top of the soil. Take the rake and even out the surface of the soil.
Select the right type of seed for the season and your location. Take the seeds and spread the seeds evenly across the soil. Spread the seeds on the soil thick, but not too thick. A lot of people like to fertilize the seeds at this point, thinking that this will produce good growth. However, many gardening experts state that you should avoid fertilizing at this point. Fertilization will not help your young seeds to germinate any sooner. Instead, wait until the seeds germinate and the lawn is clearly established. Next, rake the seeds into the soil. It is important to take your time and complete this step very carefully. Avoid moving the seeds out of the location. Now, it is time to compact the seeds into the ground. The easiest method is to simply walk over the ground to bond the seeds to the soil.
Avoid over-watering your seeds. Always water the area lightly. If you over-water the seeds, this might send them washing away to another part of the yard and your seeds will sprout in clumps, leaving bare areas. Now, if your yard is sloped downward, the seeds will run out of the yard completely. Keep the seedlings moist until they are about 3 inches high. If the seeds are in a very hot area, consider covering up the seeds with burlap to provide a bit of needed shade and stop the seeds from drying out before they have enough time to really flourish.
Note: It is vital to keep those seeds moist, even during the hottest weather. Dry seeds will not germinate properly or at all. Here is another tip, avoid letting the seeds get dry and then over-watering. This is the number one way to kill all your seedlings and cause further damage to your lawn management. Definitely, let the new grass grow a few inches before mowing.
Author Bio : Sarah has loved gardening and nature since childhood. She loves to read about new plants and gardening tips. She works for “YourGreenPal” which helps you to quickly find, schedule and pay for Lawn Care Services.