Lawn patching

Grass is very strong and can survive harsh winters when there is severe frost and snow. Very rarely will you see that your lawn has patches where the grass has stopped growing or even vanished.  An example of having a patch where no grass grows is if you have left something on it that would suppress growth like a piece of wood or lid from the bin. You will also be left with a patch if you have a pond in the garden that you later remove, once you fill the hole the grass will not automatically grow back.

How can you patch lawn?

The best time to patch lawn is between spring and autumn but by doing it in autumn you can guarantee that it will have grown by the following summer as opposed to doing it in spring and waiting for it to grow.

If you decide to patch lawn then there are two easy ways to do so. Method one: using lawn seed. Sow seed into the patch that you would like new grass growth then rake over. You can aid germination by covering the area with a piece of polythene plastic.

Method two: using turf. Cut out the area of lawn to be patched and rake the soil until its even, add topsoil if required and cover with a piece of turf.

Depending on the size of the area that needs to be patched it shouldn’t take long to patch. Make sure you aid growth by watering regularly and use a good quality lawn food to ensure grass stays healthy. It is only worth patching lawn if a small percentage of it is affected, so if you 60% or more of lawn is affected then it’s better to re-do the whole area. If 40% or less of garden lawn is patchy then it’s worth re-patching.

As many parts of the country is experiencing a severe drought the use of lawn sprinklers are banned at the moment, but this doesn’t mean your lawn should suffer. You can still use lawn food and a watering can instead of a hose or sprinkler. Lawn food can also help parts of lawn that do not seem to be growing as well as other places. You can also use lawn food to encourage growth and healthier looking lawn.