“Dead Patches and Bald Spots” sounds like the next Harry Potter book to us. However, all jokes aside, these are common issues your lawn may face this season. We wanted to provide some guidance and support in dealing with these issues in this week’s blog. Remember, if you are still unsure about fixing this issue, Divine Lawns is here for you! This blog will discuss the causes of dead patches and bald spots, different ways to repair them, and why getting help with this is ideal. Let us start by answering the underlying question.
What causes the dead spots on my lawn?There are a few things that may cause dead patches or bald spots on your lawn. The list includes:
- Brown patches
- Animal Digging
- High humidity
- Excessive Nitrogen
- Grub Damage
- Compacted Soil
- Dog Urine
- Too Much Thatch
How do I spot a brown patch on my lawn?Brown patches have some specific details that make them pretty easy to spot. They are more than likely circular, for the most part. Patches can range in size from a few inches to several feet in diameter. The sneaky thing about brown patches is that the spots look like patches of good grass in some cases. However, that “good” patch of grass has rings of dead or thinned out grass surrounding it. This often occurs if the brown patch has been active for an extended period.
How do I fix the dead patches on my lawn?Now there are multiple ways of fixing the dead patches on your lawn. We will spend the following few sections providing some steps that you can take to repair bald spots and dead patches of your property. Here are the first steps:
- Clear any dead grass or turf and other debris from your lawn.
- Loosen the soil.
- Scatter grass seed over the earth that you loosened.
- Fertilize your lawn.
- Aeration and overseeding
- Mulch your lawn and then water.
- Use a shovel or spade and cut the area around the dead patch.
- Lift and remove the dead patch.
- Fill the cleared space with fresh topsoil to keep it level with the rest of your lawn.
- Smooth out the area.
- Apply a thin layer of seeds on the area and then gently rake the seeds allowing them to get into the freshly applied topsoil.
- Cover the seeds to hold in moisture and protect against pests.
- Remove any leaves and debris
- Rake the area if needed.
- Apply the seeds over your lawn.
- Spread about ⅛ inch of compost or topsoil to your lawn.
- Rake the seeds and soil into your lawn.
- Water the seeds during the early portion of the morning and afternoon.
- Water until the seeds germinate.
- When the seeds finally sprout, water your lawn daily.
- Apply a light fertilizer before summer starts.