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Repairing Lawns

Basic Lawn Repairs

Repairing lawns can mean the basic leveling of lawn bumps and depressions to a complete overhaul from more severe damage.

A number of issues can cause damage to the lawn. Disease, insect infestations, dog urine spots, compacted soil, a build up of thatch, or even debris from construction materials that have been buried on the building site.

Lawn repairs aren't too hard to do, and can bring fairly quick results.

Leveling Lawns With Bumps or Depressions

A nice even lawn is easier and safer to walk and work on. If you have bumps or depressions, it's best to take the time to level them out.

Poor lawn grading and settling, or poor planting can be the cause of bumps on your lawn. If you're working with a brand new lawn and you have bumps throughout the area, you might consider having the lawn rolled to level things.

Leveling Bumps

Dig around three sides of the bumpy area with a shovel, about 3-5 inches deep. Roll back the turf so you can access the soil underneath. Remove the excess soil below the top soil, until the area is level with the lawn.

Roll back the turf into it's original place, filling in the seams with some of the excess soil if needed. Give the entire area a good watering and press the turf back into place with your foot, tamping it down firmly.

Keep the area well watered for several days until the the turf grows back into place.

Filling In Depressions

As with leveling bumps, you start with the same procedure. Dig around three sides of the depression about 3-5 inches deep. Again, roll back the turf so you can access the area underneath.

Here you'll want to add a blend of soil, compost and fertilizer until the depression is raised level with the lawn. Remember to fill it generously as some of the soil will settle.

Roll back the turf to it's original position, filling in any seams with more soil as needed. After watering the area, press the turf back into place, firmly tamping it into place with your foot. Keep the entire area well watered for several days until it recovers.

Bare Patches

Bare or dead patches of lawn need to be either patched with sod or overseeded.

Patching with sod pieces is a quick fix to smaller areas and is relatively easy to do.

The alternative method is to reseed the area, being careful to purchase the best quality seed that you can, one that's certified and suited to either sun or shade, depending on the area you're repairing.

Have a look at our instructions on repairing lawns here for help on how to replace or spot reseed your lawn.

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