Re­ju­ve­nate your lawn

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After sev­eral months of wear and tear, lawns and grass paths will of­ten have bare patches by the end of au­tumn, and al­most all will be com­pacted sim­ply by a sea­son of foot­fall. Re­duc­ing that com­paction now, and re­seed­ing or re­turf­ing dam­aged patches will en­sure a healthy lawn next spring. Us­ing a fork, dig the tines as deep as pos­si­ble into the grass, and lever back and forth to loosen the soil com­paction ( if you have a large lawn, it’s worth hir­ing a me­chan­i­cal aer­a­tor for this). Then spread over it washed sand or a mix of sieved top­soil and sand, and gen­tly brush or rake this into the holes the fork has made. If the bare patches are large, fork them over lightly and rake to a tilth, then sow fresh grass seed thinly onto them – this will ger­mi­nate and grow fast this month. You can patch lawns with turf, but it rarely blends in with ex­ist­ing grass and will need to be left un­trod­den al­most as long as grass seed. Whether us­ing seed or turf, keep traf­fic to a min­i­mum un­til the new grass is long enough to mow.

Grass roots need a sup­ply of oxy­gen. Al­low them to breathe by us­ing your fork to re­duce com­paction

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