How to Save A Damaged Lawn
Even if you take excellent care of your lawn, it is always possible for it to become damaged. With the holiday season upon us, inflatables are on the rise, which are huge contributors to damaged lawns during this time of year. The size and weight of the inflatable doesn’t allow proper oxygen to reach the grass, not to mention that the stakes that are used to keep the object in place can also cause damage to the lawn. Additionally, fall and winter storms can cause serious damage to your lawn and lead to the need for repairs. Thankfully, it is possible to restore your lawn without needing to replace all of the grass on your property.
Inspect Your Property
- The first step is to inspect your entire property and assess the amount of damage. Since it is winter, we would not recommend repairing the damage now, as it is possible for more damage to occur before spring comes.
Dethatch Your Lawn
- In the spring, it is a wise idea to dethatch your lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead and diseased grass that can accumulate and lead to disease and fungus developing on the grass. Machines are available to rent or purchase that help make the process much easier; however, if only a small portion of your lawn is damaged, a simple rake will work perfectly.
Aerate Your Lawn
- This step involves making small holes in the ground to allow water, light, and air to continue the repair process.
Re-Seed the Lawn
- It is important to re-seed any areas of the lawn that appear dead or damaged. This is also a way to help your grass appear thicker.
- Fertilization can be an important tool to repair any lawn. Be sure that you do not apply fertilizer onto your lawn too early. It is best to wait until the spring. Be sure to wait approximately 30 days before you fertilize any areas that you re-seeded.
- Be sure to water your lawn as necessary, especially when re-seeding or applying fertilizer. We are happy to help offer watering suggestions.
If you have any irrigation questions, are looking to install an irrigation system, or your current system needs maintenance, be sure to give us a call at Challenger Irrigation. We are happy to serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Citrus counties.