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One of the biggest worries for a lawn lover is a patchy and thinning lawn, a problem that can happen anywhere a lawn is grown.
Thankfully the symptoms are easy enough to remedy - all the steps you need appear below. It’s also worth considering some of the main causes of these problems so you can make sure they are less likely to recur.
Here are some of the classic symptoms, their causes and some suggestions on fixing the problem, and not just a temporary fix.
SYMPTOM: Bare patches, often at the edge of paving, decks or in front of the letterbox or clothes line
SYMPTOM: Bare patch or thin areas around edge of garden beds and fence lines
SYMPTOM: Bare patches at random locations in the lawn. often scorched in the centre with bright green grass around the edges
SYMPTOM: Thin all over
SYMPTOM: Bare or very thin patches at random locations in lawn. Remaining grass can easily be pulled away from the soil
With the spade or fork, remove any dead grass and other unwanted material and break up the soil in the bare area.
Add Lawn Builder Top Dress Mix and blend through the existing soil. Bring the area to a level that’s slightly higher than the surrounding soil, removing excess from high spots if required. This extra height allows for natural settling of soil.
Following instructions on pack, spread Patch Magic or Seed & Feed evenly over the area. Water gently but thoroughly and keep moist not wet until well established. Keep people and pets off the area until the grass is well established.
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Mow lawn to usual the height, then vigorously rake over the entire lawn area to remove any dead or unwanted grass, leaves and other debris. This will also serve to scratch up the soil a little, making it more receptive for sowing seed.
Spread seed by hand over the thinning areas, noting any instructions on the label about how thick to sow it. You can try using a Scotts handheld spreader but most lawn seed is too fine and will either clog the mechanism or pour through too fast, even on the lowest setting.
Water in well and keep moist but not wet until well established. Keep pets and people off seeded areas until grass is well established.
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