With today’s climate conditions, lawn care is becoming more and more challenging, and dead spots in grass are more common than ever before. Creating your own compost and setting up a regular schedule of re-seeding can help you combat this problem. Here’s how!
1. Establish the good habit of composting. Instead of sending your grass and tree trimmings and vegetable waste from the kitchen off to the landfill where it will do no good at all, keep it at home in a compost pile. Composting your yard and kitchen waste will provide you with a free source of nutrient rich topsoil that you can mix with grass seed to re-seed your entire lawn and dead spots on a regular basis.
2. Early in the spring, re-seed your entire yard with a mixture of your own, natural soil and the grass seed of your choice. Tamp it down so that it has good contact with the soil. Give it a thorough watering and keep it watered for a couple of weeks. If you can manage to sow your soil and seed ahead of spring rains, nature will do this for you.
3. Establish a feeding schedule for your lawn throughout the growing season. Every six weeks through the spring, summer and into the early fall, spread a layer of your rich, natural topsoil over your grass and water it in deeply. This will feed your grass and prevent the occurrence of dead spots.
4. When bare spots do occur, simply fill them in with a mixture of rich, composted soil and grass seed. Tamp it down and water it deeply. Keep the area moist for a couple of weeks until your new grass sprouts and begins to grow. Then follow a regular, deep watering schedule to prevent another die-off.