A lawn full of weeds is not a pretty sight. Add in some brown and bare patches, and it’s all pretty depressing. But don’t worry – you can repair it and have a beautiful green lawn.
Below are some simple tips for repairing an ugly lawn. Before you start, it’s worth remembering that repairing a lawn takes time and patience. There’s no quick fix. However, take it step by step, and you’ll have a lawn to be proud of.
6 tips on repairing an ugly lawn full of weeds
- Killing the weeds. Some people are happy to use herbicides, others prefer natural alternatives. However you like to do it, choose a good weed killer and be thorough when you spray it. Of course, some old-fashioned digging out may also be required.
- Repairing your lawn. Firstly, don’t start with the grass seed while you’re still wielding the weed killer. It will stop new grass growth in its tracks. When you’ve killed the weeds, prepare the lawn for seeding by lightly raking it and sprinkling it with quality peat-free top soil or compost. Once the seeds are sown, add another layer of top soil or compost to help keep the birds in the dark.
- Watering your lawn. Your lawn needs a good amount of water, in particular when you’re repairing it. The great British weather is pretty unpredictable, so while it’s possible that you might not have to get the hose out very often, it’s also likely that you’ll have to do it a lot. If you need to use a sprinkler, invest in a decent one – it’s makes a big difference. To minimise your water consumption, a water butt is a good idea.
- Feeding your lawn. Don’t be afraid of giving your grass, new and old, a helping hand. A good organic fertiliser will help you on your quest for a beautiful green lawn. Regular feeding and fertilising is recommended; it will help nurture the kind of strong, healthy grass that you want, and keep weeds in check. Much depends on the weather but, as a rule of thumb, you should be out with the lawn feed every six to eight weeks.
- Mowing your lawn. How you use your lawn mower is an important part of lawn repair. First of all, it’s important to make sure that your mower blades are sharp. Blunt ones will make your job much harder. Don’t cut the grass too short; this can weaken or kill the grass and leave it vulnerable to a fresh invasion of weeds. It’s also a good idea to scatter your grass cuttings back on the lawn – this helps return nutrients to the soil.
- Pest patrol. This may sound obvious, but it really does pay to regularly check your lawn, especially when you’re repairing it, for signs of weeds and other problems. Regular maintenance is important. The sooner you spot any pests, the sooner you can attack them.
Timing is also important. It’s best to start the process of repairing your lawn in spring or autumn, when it’s a little cooler. If it’s too hot or cold, it’ll be much harder.