How to repair your lawn after a wet winter – 08.09.22 – The wintertime can be defined by prolonged bad weather that can leave your lawn suffering come spring. After the ravages of winter, it won’t be long before some of the more enthusiastic of us start to think about tackling the quagmire which was once a garden. However, many do not know where to start.
That is where TurfOnline comes in. We’ve pulled our expert staff together who have significant expertise in reviving the nation’s lawns. This guide will show you how to repair your lawn after a wet winter.
If flooding has been repeated this winter, you may want to look into some alternative options to prevent your garden from suffering the same fate again. Too many impermeable surfaces are said to increase the risk of flooding. We all need roads and pavements, but perhaps we should think harder about balancing them up with soft landscaping that allows for free drainage.
Lawn turf is the easiest and most effective way to provide instant results. Whether you need to replace the whole lawn, repair worn out areas or replace areas that have succumbed to heavy shade and leaf drop, turf gives instant results.
Use turf for repairing smaller areas where patches of lawn have died off. Or, if the majority of your lawn is damaged, diseased or just plain old worn out, it is probably easiest to remove the whole thing and replace it with new turf.
Diagnosing the Problem First
Before spending good money on turf, be sure that the problem won’t repeat itself.
Try and identify what exactly your lawn has suffered from:
- Did your lawn die from lack of light? Replace it with a shade-tolerant turf.
- Have the grass plants drowned because water can’t escape? Talk to a landscaper about improving the drainage.
- Is the soil too compacted for plants to thrive? Preparing the soil for new soil will improve soil texture.
Is your soil so free-draining that plants die of thirst? Read our blog on improving soil health.
How to Lay a New Lawn
Laying a new lawn is a simpler process than you might imagine. Here is a rundown of how to lay a new lawn turf:
- Strip off old turf, rotavate or dig over soil, break up and rake even (turf strippers and rotavators are available from tool hire shops).
- Apply a pre-turf fertiliser.
- Lay the first row of turf.
- Place turf laying boards on the rows just laid and start laying second row, stagger joints like brickwork.
- Work your way across until complete.
- Trim excess and water well until rooted.
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Using Turf to Repair Dead Patches in a Lawn
If you are looking to repair just a section of dead lawn and not the entire thing, there is a solution for you. Here is a breakdown of the steps to repairing dead patches:
- Remove the dead patch and square up the affected area
- Break up the soil surface with a hand fork.
- Loosen the soil under the new turf with a hand fork.
- Place turf in position.
- Firm down the new turf and fill in cracks with sifted soil.
- Water daily until rooted.
Repairing a lawn with new turf is simple, quick and effective. However, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact TurfOnline for advice. We’re here to help.