Repairing Lawn Patches

Repairing the Patches on Your Lawn

Every summer we all dream of a healthy lawn with thick, plush grass. This is your summer.

But the beating sun and harsh heat makes many homeowners throw their hands in the air, unsure of how to enhance their lawn—especially how to combat or remedy those horrible dirt patches.

Fairfield Landscaping can help you get rid of brown spots once and for all. You may not think it’s possible, but your lawn is only a few steps away from being restored to its full potential. Here’s how:

Figure out what’s causing the patchy spots. What’s going on here? In some cases, overwatering or watering too late at night, can create a mold and fungus problem. An infestation of insects can also wreak havoc on your formerly lush yard. Figuring out the problem is the first step so that you can treat it accordingly.

Ask yourself if the problem can be treated or repaired? Not sure? Ask your local landscaping specialist who is knowledgable about these common problems. Can the patches be treated or is it necessary to remove the damaged areas and repair?

Dig out damaged areas. Most often, you’ll need to remove the patchy areas by digging down and across (be sure to go deep enough) and then fill the hole with quality and rich new soil. That’s the first step. Next, water away and add more soil if needed, especially as the soil will compact. Again, a professional who has the right tools for landscaping services can easily get you on your way to a lush lawn.

Sod or seeds? That is the question. Sod is more expensive, but it’s low maintenance with immediate results. You simply cut out the right size from sheets of healthy sod and lay out the rectangular piece. If the cost is an issue, and you have a large problem area to tackle, consider seeds. Sure, planting and daily care are more time intensive, but you’ll save more cash in your wallet. Your landscaping experts can take care of the work for you or you can do this yourself. Be sure to use straw as protection from sun exposure and birds, and to help keep moisture in the ground.

Nurture your new grass. Water, water, water but don’t drench it. Don’t cut the area at first or use fertilizers that aren’t eco-friendly. Don’t walk on it. Once the root systems are established, you can resume your usual maintenance of the rest of the lawn.

Lawn Care Tips for the upcoming Season

This Seasons’s Lawn Care Tips

Do you have lawn envy? How is it your neighbors’ lawns are lush and green and yours is…less healthy? Getting your property in shape and keeping it that way takes time and dedication, especially with the upcoming heat and dry weather summer often brings.

Our tips to keeping your lawn tip top!

Mow less often and at a higher setting

If you mow often, your grass doesn’t have a chance to recover. It’s already in a fight against the summer heat and dry spells, and being cut can place undue stress.

In addition, cutting too much off the top exposes your lawn to the elements. It needs shade and moisture retention. Set your blade to the right length so that you don’t open your lawn up to being scorched. Did you know—taller turf canopies also control weeds?

Sharpen your blades

Put it on your calendar as a reminder. It’s easy to forget. But by having your blades sharpened before the season starts (you can drop off blades at your local store and they will do it for you), your grass will thank you. You want to cut, not tear the blades.

Mulch the clippings

Did you know you are enriching your lawn with valuable nutrients every time you mulch grass clippings? This means: less need for supplemental fertilizers and no thatch buildup.

Water early and less often

The best time to water is early in the morning before it gets too hot. Why? When it’s hot, the water evaporates faster. Also you want the root system to grow deeper into the soil. Nighttime waterings pose the risk of fungus developing. So don’t water every day, but when you do water, do it deeply for up to one hour.

Healthy Lawns — Read the Weeds

Read the Weeds

It’s that time of year again for open windows, fresh breezes, chirping birds. And weeds. Lots of weeds, sprouting up overnight.

But did you know that the weeds you have indicate your lawn health? The healthier your soil, the more naturally beautiful your property will be. So before you opt for environmentally unfriendly chemical treatments, that may actually hinder the support of beneficial insects such as butterflies and bees, get to know your weeds. Your lawn (and pets) will thank you.

What are the most common problems your weeds can communicate to you?

  • pH imbalance, meaning your soil is too acidic or too alkaline
  • fertility imbalance, meaning your soil is too rich or too poor
  • soil compaction or crusting
  • moisture imbalance, meaning it’s too wet or too dry

Here are just a few of the common offenders that a landscaping service can help you rectify:

Crabgrass

Was your lawn newly planted? Chances are crabgrass has made its way there. Soggy lawns, and conversely, times of drought, are both prime times for crabgrass. Don’t cut your grass too low. You may use corn gluten on established lawns to offset germination.

Dock

Chances are you’ve seen this big leafy perennial already. It has big leaves that grow fast and high with a flower stalk. You’ll find them in lawns with bare patches that are acidic or wet. Check your drainage and keep up with the mowing to avoid having to sever the deep root systems of these spindles.

Dandelions

Did you know this pretty yellow flower that attracts kids everywhere is edible? Be careful—they’ll take over your yard. What does this mean? If you don’t rid your lawn of dandelions, they’ll weaken your grass and compete with new seedlings. Also, your soil probably has a calcium deficiency or an excess of potassium.

Dandelions thrive in compacted soil. An aerator will help if compaction is your soil’s problem. Also, try mowing your grass at three inches to shade the leaves and correct your soil’s imbalances and texture

Annual Bluegrass

Lay off the watering of your lawn otherwise you’ll get overrun by these tuft-like grasses. What causes annual bluegrass? Lots of moisture and shade and low mowing height. You may be able to correct the occurrence of annual bluegrass by aerating your lawn. Unlike conventional grass, annual bluegrass thrives in poorly-drained ground.

Prostrate Knotweed

This weed strikes early and quickly. Prostrate knotweed will claim its territory in your lawn before your plants do this spring. Watch out for bare spots again. This low, tenderly plant may disguise itself as grass at first. Don’t be fooled. This weed loves high acidity lawns and compacted soil. Are you starting to see a trend here?