How do I remove dry patches on my lawn?

We had one customer ask the following question, and we thought we’d put some tips up to help you if you have the same problem.

Question: I have a lovely big back garden and three kids that enjoy playing in it, but by the end of the summer the lawn is covered in large dry patches where the paddling pool has been and where they have set up goal posts.

What can I do to encourage the grass to grow back and to prevent any dry patches occurring again this summer?

Answer: Well, we definitely wouldn’t recommend banning your children from playing outside! Your lawn will always be subject to some degree of wear and tear where there is heavy usage and especially when it is concentrated in one area. Here is some useful advice to help keep your lawn healthy.

Repair and re-seed

Start by repairing the damage; this is best done in early autumn, but if you have missed this then spring is the next best time.

The easiest method is re-seeding.

  • Start by aerating, we would recommend an aeration service from one of our experts. You may need to apply a top dressing/soil.
  • The top dressing will then need firming, followed by seeding.
  • The seed will also need lightly forking into the topsoil for the best germination.
  • You can then apply a fertiliser which should be applied to the complete lawn, not just the seeded area.
  • Finally, the lawn will need watering to encourage the seed to germinate but do not overwater as this will wash the seed from the topsoil.

We make sure we choose our lawn seed carefully to make sure our customers reap the benefits, as is important to match the right type of grass seed to your lawn. Before seeding you should also complete a soil analysis, which we can complete, to allow for the correct fertiliser to be applied and to achieve the best germination of the seed.

Tender loving grass

Once your grass is back on form it is vital that it is treated regularly. Aerating at least twice a year will help to relieve the compaction in the soil caused by human traffic across the surface.

Where possible try moving your kid’s play equipment around the lawn, as this will reduce any wear and tear.

In severe cases, sand can be added as a top dressing and raked into the aeration holes to further relieve compaction and aid drainage.

Finally, applying a lawn feed after particularly heavy usage will speed up recovery. It may also be worth considering a non-grass surface around children’s swings and play areas such as rubber or wood chippings. This will reduce the number of dry areas on your lawn.

Expert care

If you are unsure about how to treat a re-seeded or patchy piece of lawn then it is often best to call in a lawn care specialist such as ourselves who will undertake a free in-depth lawn analysis and a deliver the best ongoing treatments and results for your lawn.

We would love to be able to help with creating a perfect lawn all year round, give us a call today to see how we can help or to answer a question you may have. You can find your nearest TruGreen lawncare expert here.