Maintaining Trees and Lawns

Two Reasons For Damaged Lawn Areas And Repair Tips

by Cherly Wheeler

Now that summer has passed in Australia, lawn growth is slowing down, which means this is the perfect time to undertake lawn care maintenance before the minimal growth season of winter arrives. Worn or damaged areas of lawn are of particular concern right now because shortly you will not be able to fix the issue until spring. There are several reasons why lawn damage occurs and various options for repairing it. Read on to discover two timely tips about lawn damage and how to repair it.

Lawn Grubs

Lawn grubs were very active in parts of Queensland this summer and have left large patches of lawn decimated. The caterpillar-like lawn grubs strip the grass above ground and then continue chomping on the roots as they move through your lawn. Due to their numbers, this little army can turn a lawn from lush green to no grass in a matter of days. Lawn grub killer combined with grass fertiliser is available for purchase at your local hardware store. Once this has been applied according to its directions, the lawn grubs will die and the grass should come back to life within three to four weeks.

Worn Patches

Worn bare patches of lawn commonly occur in high traffic areas due to children playing and pets digging. Try spraying a liquid fertiliser solution, which can be purchased at your local hardware store, on the worn patch to see if it springs back to life. If it does not or you have a large worn patch of grass that needs attention, the fastest way to repair it is to buy new turf. Your local turf supplies company will deliver the number of fresh grass pieces you need to replace that which is worn out. The amount delivered is based on the measurements you give them. All you need to do is dig out the dead patch and lie down the new turf. While labour intensive, this is a task that most able-bodied homeowners can do in the space of a few hours.

Finally, if you have concerns about how to lay turf or how to repair your damaged lawn, give your local turf supplier a call to get advice. They have the knowledge you need to make the right choice of which type of turf you need to replace dead spots and also tips on how to lay it. However, be sure to get onto this task sooner rather than later so that growth can start before winter arrives.