Repairing a lawn that has dead areas

INLAND EMPIRE – A patch of dead grass on an otherwise lush lawn can be a frustrating eyesore for homeowners. Whether lawn care is a person’s passion or just something they do to maintain the value of a home, dead grass can be exasperating.

But as unsightly as dead grass can be, addressing it and restoring the dead patches can be somewhat simple. Before one can restore grass, however, they must first identify the source of the problem.

Grass often dies because of urine damage, which is typically characterized by a dead spot surrounded by otherwise green grass. Grub infestation might be at fault when dead grass appears, and such an infestation often produces patches of light brown grass that are scattered throughout the lawn.

It’s also possible that dead grass is a result of human error. If a lawn was over-fertilized, then patches of gray-green grass may appear.

Fungal disease is another common culprit behind dead grass, and such disease can manifest itself in different ways.

Once the reason has been identified as to why the grass is dead, which may require the help of a professional, then one can begin to treat the problem.

Urine damage

Urine damage is often limited to a particular area of the grass where a family pet routinely relieves itself. Once a particular patch of grass has worn down, the pet may move on to another spot. But if you quickly notice a dead spot due to urine damage, it’s possible to train the animal to urinate elsewhere, limiting the damage it causes.

When repairing the grass, dig a hole that’s roughly four inches deep and fill it with fresh soil until it’s level with the soil surrounding the dead patch. Then, sprinkle seed on top of the freshly laid soil and water the spot. Grass should grow in and stay green so long as further urine damage is prevented.

Insect damage

Addressing dead spots caused by insect damage can be a little more complicated, and some homeowners may prefer to hire a professional. For do-it-yourselfers, apply pesticide to the affected areas so the insects behind the problem are killed. Once the insects are gone, cut the grass, raking the affected area to remove the dead grass and any additional debris. Scatter grass seed over the affected areas and then apply an appropriate fertilizer and water immediately.

Professionals may know just the right fertilizer for a specific type of lawn, so even if one is a do-it-yourselfer, they should visit a local garden supply store to ask for advice about addressing the particular problem.

Fertilizer damage

Fertilizer damage can also prove difficult to address, as applying fresh seeds too soon can kill any freshly growing seedlings. So, grass that has been damaged by over-fertilization must first be allowed to fully die. Once that has happened, the grass can be cut and any remaining debris or dead grass can be removed. Seed can then be scattered, and one can even add some additional soil before laying down an appropriate amount of fertilizer and watering the lawn immediately.

Those who don’t trust themselves to use fertilizer correctly should hire a professional to do the job. This will cost a little more, but it’s likely to get rid of dead patches of grass down the road.

Dead grass can be unsightly and turn an otherwise lush lawn into a patchy eyesore. But addressing dead grass can be easy and can quickly restore a lawn to its green grandeur.

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