Larry, Fairfield Landscaping’s Lawn Care Technician, answers some of the most commonly asked questions that we get from our customers about their lawns.
Q. There are bare spots all over my lawn. Why are they there and how can I fix them?
A. Bare spots can be caused by a number of reasons.
- The most common causes are pet and or wild animal damage. Animal urine is like dumping a pile of fertilizer in one spot all over the lawn. Grass cannot handle the amount of nitrogen present in urine and experiences extreme desiccation (dryness), and eventually, death.
- Another cause of animal damage is the presence of insects. Animals will dig up grass to eat grubs, earthworms and other insects that may be present in the lawn.
- Bare spots can also be caused by excessive shade. Unfortunately, trees can be a lawn’s worst enemy. The best way to maintain healthy grass under tree shade is to keep the trees pruned to let more sunlight through the canopy. In addition, make sure you are using a blend of fine fescues when re-seeding shady areas. Fine fescue is the best grass to plant in dry, shady areas.
Q. How do I fix bare spots?
A. To fix bare spots, first bring in new topsoil and fill all areas that are bare. Next, put the correct seed on top of the soil with a good starter fertilizer. Lastly, topdress the seed with mushroom manure. This will prevent the seed from washing away and will give the seed good contact with the soil, along with the fertilizer included in the manure. Aeration with overseeding is also a good way to fill in bare spots with grass.
Q. My lawn has moss, how do I get rid of it?
A. Moss is major problem in lawns, and there’s no quick fix. It’s an indication of unhealthy soil and lawn. Moss favors acidic conditions, so a lime application can help to correct this issue. Moss usually (but not always) favors shady conditions as well. Keeping trees properly pruned and removing excessive trees will help this problem. There are several chemical controls that we can use to kill moss. They are moderately effective and can be a good tool to correct the problem. Aeration and overseeding (in addition to lime) on an annual or bi-annual basis are a good way to combat moss.
Q. My lawn has moles or voles. Is there a way to get rid of them?
A. We offer a mole treatment that is very effective in driving moles away from your lawn. Two treatments, spread two weeks apart, are usually best. The treatments may need to be done yearly to ensure the moles don’t return. The products are very safe for people and pets. The ingredients are 100% organic and are not meant to kill the moles, but simply drive them away.