Do not fear. This is not a blog about skin disease or Rogaine advertisements. Instead, this is a blog about specific types of issues that may show up this season on your lawn.
Many people do not know what to do to fix the issues of bald spots or dead/dry patches on their lawn. We thought it would be a great idea to write a blog about it because the season in which these issues arise is here!
We want to provide you with as many solutions as possible to fix these issues on your own. However, remember, if you cannot fix these issues on your own or lack the resources or skills, Marathon Lawn Care is here for you!
This blog will discuss the causes of these issues, the different options in repairing or fixing these problems, and why you should let the professionals help.
Let us begin by discussing the giant, dead, bald elephant in the room…
What causes dead spots or bald patches on my lawn?
There is actually a decent list of things that can cause dead spots or bald patches on your lawn. Here a list of the most common reason for the problems:
- A lot of thatch
- Grub damage
- Animals digging
- Compacted soil
- Intense humidity
- Pet Urine
- A good amount of nitrogen
- Brown patches
The sad truth behind that list is that there is still more. Most of these reasons have a shared variable. That common variable is moisture. All those things that cause dead spots or bald patches somehow have to deal with the moisture on your lawn.
The main reason for that is the fungi. They need water/moisture so that they can target and destroy your lawn. The more moisture you have on your property, the more often brown patches and rust will occur, and then ultimately, they will lead to dead spots and bald patches.
How do I locate the brown patches on my lawn?
Fortunately for us, brown patches are easy to point out and find. The reason is that they have some very distinct details that help identify them. For instance, for the most part, brown patches are circular. The patches vary in size and could be as big as several feet in diameter to as small as a few inches.
The way brown patches easily trick us is because, in some instances, the patches actually look like healthy grass. To determine the difference, however, we have to look around the patch. If you find a dead or thin ring around the patch, then that is a brown patch. That ring around it just lets us know that the brown patch has been there for a long time.
What are some ways I can fix dead patches on my lawn?
There are a few different ways to fix the issue of dead patches on your lawn. The majority of the rest of the blog will be dedicated to solutions to improving these problems. So let us take you through the first steps of repairing dead patches and bald spots on your lawn:
- Clear your property of debris, dead turf, or dead grass. (seasonal cleanup)
- Loosen your lawn’s soil. (Aeration)
- Distribute grass seed over the loosened soil. (Overseeding)
- Fertilize your lawn
The steps above are the services and things you should be doing to your lawn already, especially that the spring season is upon us. However, those initial steps should fix the dead patches on your lawn. If you have done those steps already and still have dead patches or bald spots, it is recommended that you try overseeding or seeding again (Step 3 above).
Here is a quick breakdown of how to seed:
- Cut the area around the dead patch with a shovel.
- Remove the dead patch.
- Fill the empty spot with fresh topsoil.
- Level the filled spot with the height of your lawn.
- Smooth out the area.
- Distribute a thin layer of seeds to the new area.
- Rake the seed, mixing them in with the topsoil.
- Cover the seeds to keep in moisture and prevent pests from eating them.
This is also another quick fix to restoring life into the area that the dead patch was living. If your lawn is thin all around, you should overseed the entire lawn and not just the area with bald spots or dead patches.
How do I overseed my lawn?
Now that we have established that overseeding may solve the problem on your entire lawn, here is a quick reference on how to overseed:
- Remove debris and leaves.
- Rake if necessary.
- Distribute seeds over your lawn.
- Spread compost or topsoil to your lawn. (1/2 inch)
- Rake seeds and soil into your lawn.
- Water the seeds in the early morning and early afternoon.
- Water until the seeds start to germinate.
- After the seeds sprout, water your lawn daily. (1 inch a week)
- Apply fertilizer before summer begins.
Now that we have provided multiple step-by-step ways to fix dead patches and bald spots on your learning, we ask you to do your research and ask for professional help if you are not up for the task.
We offer professional services for lawn care and maintenance, such as mowing, trimming, edging, fertilization, and weed control. While we do not provide options for the aeration and overseeding mentioned in the blog, it is essential to note that consistent lawn maintenance and care can prevent bald spots and dead patches. So unless it is too late for your lawn, extensive treatments may not be needed!
Marathon Lawn Care is proud to serve the residents of the Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander, TX areas. We also offer our services in, and we also serve North Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander. Also, we serve the following communities within the area:
- Cat Hollow
- Scofield Farms
- Wells Branch
- Anderson Mill West
- Village at Anderson Mill
- Mesa Park
- Rattan Creek
- Hunters Chase
- Old Millwood
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