Issues to Consider When Cultivating Your Lawn This Spring
Several conditions exist that cause your lawn to grow poorly that have more to do with what you’re working with than your work at all. Here, we lay out a few organic problems that may help you get to the bottom of your patchy, dry lawn troubles:
Some soil is heavily compacted. Some covers buried lumber. And some has too much clay to be fertile. Every lawn is different and you’ve got to test your lawn so that you know what’s going on under your grass.
There are soil test kits available at local lawncare stores that will help determine the viability of your lawn. Additionally, you can always aerate your lawn and get those roots some room to grow and get nutrients.
Too much water can wash away seed or seedlings and leave empty patches. This can happen when the soil is too heavily compacted to absorb water. Again, aerating the soil will allow the water to be absorbed an not run away with your grass.
Seed Compatibility: Species of grass matters. When you have a cool-season grass species, it can go dormant in summer moths. Likewise, warm-season grass can go dormant in winter months. When you have a mix of both, you get dry patchy spots.
Sometimes, you simply have to call it a day and start from scratch when your lawn is dormant. There’s nothing you can do about the weather. But the next time you sod or seed make sure you knew that your lawn species is compatible with your climate.
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