A lush, thick, green lawn is a pleasure in and of itself; but it also provides a verdant “frame” for a picture-perfect garden. Bare spots in your lawn detract from the total landscape by drawing the eye away from the pleasing symmetry of floral plantings and focusing attention on those stark brown patches of barren earth. The effect is unpleasantly jarring, but correctable.
As the garden awakens in early spring, gardening chores are light which makes early spring the perfect time to concentrate on rejuvenating your lawn and repairing any bare patches. Heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures help grass roots grow strong and deep, giving grass the healthy start it needs to weather summer’s dry heat. Bare patches can either be reseeded or covered with sod-grass. Readily available at local garden centers, sod-grass has the advantage of instantly repairing bare spots. With sod, you don’t have to wait months for seed to germinate and fragile seedlings to mature and thicken. Sod-covered bare spots immediately look thick and healthy and soon become invisible as the sod roots and blends into the rest of your lawn. Large bare spots are best covered with grass-sod, but sod can also be cut to fit smaller bare spots.
Whether you sod or seed bare spots, soil preparation is the key to success:
- Remove weeds from the bare area; do not use weed killers.
- Loosen soil to a depth of 2 inches to allow seed or sod roots to penetrate the hard surface of the soil and take root. Apply a starter fertilizer and rake smooth.
- Lay sod immediately after purchase.
- Tamp down sod or seed to improve connection with the soil.
- Water thoroughly every day for the first 3 weeks; then every other day for 3 weeks.