As the weather gets milder, our thoughts turn to our outside spaces. (In our garden centre, we reckon that the Easter weekend kicks off the gardening season for most of our customers!) And now is a really good time to think about sorting out your lawn, if it needs it. This mild but damp weather will help any new seed or turf to establish quickly, in good time for the sunnier months when you’ll want to be out on it.
If your lawn is in a really sorry state, it may be best to ‘cut your loses’ and re-lay it entirely, either with fresh turf or seed. A lawn that is constantly patched may never look as smart as a new lawn, laid with the same batch of turf or seed mix. However, if you do only have a few areas that need attention, they can easily be sorted out.
Here is our guide on some of the most common lawn problems and how to solve them.
We’d encourage you to start by thinking about what caused the bare patch in the first place. Is this an area of high traffic? Was it caused by being too shady? Is it just an edge that has become worn? If it’s either of the first two, consider purchasing a seed mix or turf that is specifically designed to cope with shade or heavy footfall. This can help prevent the problem coming back. If it’s just a worn edge, that’s probably just life!
Regardless of the cause of the problem, the solution is the same – you patch it. You have three choices in terms of what to patch it with: new turf; lawn seed or; a patch of existing lawn taken from an inconspicuous area. Read on for details of each.
Lawn seed is quick and easy to sow, it’s cheaper than turf and you can choose a seed mix to suit your garden conditions. The downside is that it will take longer to establish, so you may have an area of your lawn sectioned off for a few months while it does. If that’s not a problem, here’s how to do it:
Turf does provide an instant fix, whether you are using new turf or something cut from another area of your lawn. This probably means you’ll be able to use it sooner than patching with seed. However, the cost of new turf is usually more than seed, so that might be a consideration for you. Here’s how to patch with turf:
Over time, it is natural that lawns may develop hollows or bumps, perhaps where soil has settled or a large stone has worked nearer the surface. If the difference is only minor, sprinkling on top-dressing each year may be enough to help level the area out gradually. However, if you want to resolve the issue more quickly, here’s how to do it:
It’s common for lawn edges to get damaged unintentionally just by being walked on or by shading from overhanging plants. A crisp, well-defined edge makes the whole lawn look much smarter, so it’s worth repairing any worn areas and re-cutting the edges regularly.
Take a look at our Lawncare Calendar to help keep your lawn in tip-top condition, easily, all year.