Spring Home Improvement

Re­pair bare spots in the lawn

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Car­ing for a lawn to keep it lush and green can re­quire equal mea­sures of patience and hard work. Var­i­ous in­vaders can at­tack grass or con­trib­ute to its demise. One prob­lem many home­own­ers face is bare spots.

Bare spots can oc­cur for var­i­ous rea­sons. Heavy foot traf­fic, grubs or other pests, fungi, pet urine, or too much or too lit­tle wa­ter can con­trib­ute to bare spots. The how-to re­source The Spruce says that cor­rect­ing the source of bare spots can pre­vent new is­sues, par­tic­u­larly if grubs or other pests are dam­ag­ing the grass. Then home­own­ers can ad­dress ex­ist­ing bare ar­eas.

It is un­likely that bare spots will just fill back in on their own. Re­seed­ing spots or us­ing sod to fill in bare ar­eas can help lawns look lush.

• Be­gin by rak­ing and re­mov­ing any dead grass and other de­bris from the lawn. Check to make sure that grubs or in­sects are not at­tack­ing the lawn. If they are, use tar­geted treatment op­tions for those pests.

• Break up and aer­ate any soil that is com­pacted in the bare spot.

• Amend the soil in the bare area with loamy soil or com­post to im­prove on the nu­tri­tional makeup and tex­ture so that it is amenable to grass-grow­ing. If you no­tice that the en­tire lawn is look­ing a lit­tle sparse, top-dress­ing the rest of the lawn at this point also can help im­prove its vi­tal­ity.

• Sprin­kle seeds in the bare spot (dis­perse seeds over the rest of the lawn if you want to over-seed and im­prove the thick­ness of the lawn). If you pre­fer sod, cut a por­tion of the sod to fit the bare area and place on the amended soil.

• The Scotts com­pany says to lightly wa­ter newly seeded or sod­ded ar­eas daily for at least two weeks to keep the top inch of soil con­sis­tently moist but not soggy. Grad­u­ally wa­ter more as the seedlings de­velop and the grass be­gins to fill in. Deep wa­ter at least once or twice a week af­ter the new grass reaches mow­ing height.

• The grass should grow slightly longer than the rest of the lawn, and wait un­til the color of the patched area be­gins to blend in with the rest of the lawn be­fore mow­ing. This could take a few weeks, and the area should be avoided un­til then.

Even­tu­ally, and with treatment, bare spots can be reme­died and be­come in­dis­tin­guish­able from other ar­eas of the lawn.

 ?? METRO CRE­ATIVE CON­NEC­TION PHOTO ?? Re­seed­ing spots or us­ing sod to fill in bare ar­eas can help lawns look lush.
METRO CRE­ATIVE CON­NEC­TION PHOTO Re­seed­ing spots or us­ing sod to fill in bare ar­eas can help lawns look lush.

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