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How to Recover your Lawn


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June 12th, 2014

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As there are changes in seasons and temperatures climb, often homeowners are faced with the challenge of patchy or thin grass. Once the growing season begins and it is time to maintain your lawn, you should see gradual greening again. However, if the problem lingers, here are a few helpful pointers to recovering that lush green landscape that is desirable. 

Those patchy brown spots are sometimes unavoidable. If you notice the grass easily pulls up, this is a defendant sign that those spots have been permanently damaged by the effects of polar vortex.

First begin by…

  1. Pulling up the remaining dead patches of grass including the root and any clinging soil. It is advised to wait until the last frost has passed, as well as when night temperatures remain consistently above 35 degrees. Adding an additional herbicide is optional to kill existing crab grass if there is any.
  2. Next evenly use a hand tiller to thoroughly cultivate the soil 4-5 inches deep in the dead places where the grass was removed. You can find a tiller for purchase, or to rent at your local hardware store.
  3. Following the tilling, disperse grass seed over each tilled patch, and then rake into the surface lightly. This can be done by hand or with a wide toothed garden rake. If remaining open area is dirt or clay, add appropriate amount of water to moisten the surface and add soil as needed.

Choosing the Right Seed

  1. Perennial Ryegrass is considered excellent for providing a quick cover and reseeding. It is durable and can handle high amounts of foot traffic as well as germinating and growing at a rapid rate. This seed will produce a shiny green grass- medium texture creating a thick turf.
  2. Tall Fescue is a common cool-season grass that has a rapid re-growth rate during the spring and summer months. Tall Fescue is a durable choice and can be vertical in handing areas with partial shade or full sun.  It is also drought-resistant and does not require a lot of maintenance. Seed as instructed and wait for excellent results!
  3. Kentucky Bluegrass Mix is a great choice if you are planning on mixing grass seeds. Kentucky Bluegrass Mix is an A- List option when it comes to wanting a fast re-growth and reseeding process. It is also better at resisting disease and insects problems compared to other seeds.

TLC after Seeding

  1. After choosing the seed that is most appropriate for your situation, there is a little TLC that will be helpful in achieving maximum results. After seeding lightly mist the spot with water everyday for 10-15 minutes to ensure the grown remains moist. If the seed is not moist, it will not germinate properly.
  2. After the seed sprouts, water more frequently and feed with a high-phosphorous lawn fertilizer. Phosphorous is a key nutrient along with potassium and nitrogen to achieve a healthy re-growth. It stimulates growth, activates ATP, which is a vital component of fueling plants or grass to photosynthesis. In other words fertilizer is CRUSIAL!
  3. After making the smart choice to fertilize, allow grass to reach a minimum of three inches before cutting the first time.
  4. If these steps are admittedly followed you will be on your way to a speedy recovery to a healthy beautiful yard!

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