How to Fix Lawns


Lawn Repair: How to fix a lawn.

lawn repairIf you are interested in lawn repair, you have come to the right place. Perhaps you are thinking, what is the matter with my lawn? Why can’t it look as good as my neighbors’? And, once I find out what is wrong with my lawn, how do fix it? Lawn repair is a very broad topic; it will take me quite a few posts to scratch the surface of this topic. We hope however that all the information you find on this site will be useful and beneficial. We hope you will find the answers to all your questions from material on this site. We are excited to have this website setup in a blog format, because I know a lot of you may have answers to questions I can’t answer so we can all benefit from this sort of online forum.

Overcoming Natural Problems: Soil, Water, Sunlight

Every lawn needs the right mix of soil, water, and sunlight to be successful. Soils are very important to proper lawn development and nourishment. Lawn soils need to have a suitable pH. High caliber soils will have self generating organic material. These soils should also retain enough water to keep your grass healthy.


There are 3 main types of soils: sandy, loamy, and clay. Sandy soils have trouble retaining water. Although water is quickly absorbed, most water falls straight through and so does little for plant nourishment. Clay soils are the opposite of sandy soil; once they absorb water they can become mushy. Water floats in the clay without draining, and it puts a lot of unnecessary stress on the grass roots. The ideal type of soil to have is loamy soil. The water doesn’t pass right through it, and it doesn’t turn it into mush allowing plant roots the proper access to water, nutrients, and space for deeper growth and development.

Lawn soil repair can happen in one of two ways. One way is to add soil supplements or gradually build up the soil using shallow topdressing a few times per year. Another way is to just tear out the lawn and start over. For both of these, we recommend a 4-way mix including topsoil, compost, sand, and peat moss.

Watering problems are usually on account of the soil or lack of a sprinkler system. Sometimes installing a French drain or a rock layer will help to drain water where this is a problem and repair the lawn. For a more permanent solution we suggest attacking the soil. If is gets dehydrated from lack of water, some grasses will die, but most will go dormant. To revive, simply start watering again on a regular basis.

Trees and water: Some trees may block a lot of water from reaching the ground and suck moisture away from the grass roots. This may be an important issue to take into consideration when deciding how to repair your lawn.

Sunlight: Some grasses are designed for sun and some for shade. There are two important things to take into consideration. How does your lawn compete with sun when competing against trees, bushes, fences and your house? Also find out which way is north and which is south. Typically south of the house gets more sunlight and north of the house gets more shade. Lawn repair can occur by matching more compatible seeds or by pruning back trees and bushes that block sunlight away from grass.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

This blog has a lot to do with my own personal experiences. To date, I have between 7,000 and 10,000 hours of experience watching grass grow and repairing lawns. Not a lot of well ranking bloggers can make this claim. I have owned 4 different lawn management companies in the 3 different states. I have a ton of experience and I am starting this blog to show that experience matters. The information on this site is not only conventional wisdom, but more importantly it relates to the specific things you need to know about taking care of your lawn. Most of the information here is top notch. The goal of this website if to become the premier source of useful lawn care information online.

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