Although lawns are generally recovering from the recent dry weather, some lawns have bare patches.
We would like to explain why this has happened and the solution.
Why are there dead patches on your lawn?
There are a number of reasons, but the main causes are:
- Lack of water: Lawns do not require constant watering in dry weather like flowers in borders, but a good watering once a week would probably have been sufficient to prevent patches of grass dying off. We appreciate that many customers are on water meters, coupled with the threat of a hose pipe ban - there is a hesitance to water the lawn. Nevertheless, a few pounds spent on watering during a very dry spell is money well spent, compared to the cost of rectification
- Kerbs/edges: Parts of your lawn are close to kerbs or edges where there is shallow soil depth. This has caused these areas to dry out as the grass roots had no moisture to hold on to and subsequently died
- Finer Grasses: The finer grasses such as fescues, are more vulnerable to drying out and at risk of dying. This is because their root ball mass is much smaller than the hardier grass types such as the rye grasses. As a consequence, in dry weather their ability to access moisture in the soil is limited
- Thatch: If your lawn suffers with thatch, it is very likely that the grass roots actually reside in the thatch layer and not in the soil. So, when the thatch layer dries out, the grass roots become exposed to the elements, dry out and die off
- Drains: Some areas of the lawn are above a drain, or some other historical groundworks. The soil in these areas is more loose or porous and so the soil holds little water. Grass in these areas have limited access to moisture
- Compaction: Exposure to the heat of the sun, coupled with limited rain, makes areas prone to compaction even more compact. Given enough time, the soil becomes hydrophobic and rain or water just runs off, leaving little opportunity for the grass roots to benefit from any irrigation
The Solution: Our Extreme Weather Repair Treatment
- Mechanical removal and bagging of the dead grass including a small area surrounding the ‘dead patches’ to assist in blending in
- Application of our Diamond Green grass seed which we use in our Lawn Makeover. Our unique ‘Diamond Green’ seed has many benefits including:
- Fast establishment
- Improved colour
- Improved tolerance to drought, close mowing, shade and disease
- Application of our 100% organic, recycled dressing which is:
- Rich in beneficial micro-nutrients
- 100% weed free
- Designed to optimise water draining during rainfall
- Application of our Oasis treatment to speed up the recovery process:
- Oasis effectively moves water to the grass root zone to ensure the grass has access to the nutrients it requires to stay healthy and strong
- Removal of all waste
Please note: We advise watering your lawn if there is insufficient rainfall, as the re-seeded area will need to be kept moist or damp until the grass starts to sprout. Once the grass has started sprouting, less water is required as this encourages the grass to look for water, rather than expecting it to come from a hose pipe.
If you have a high number of patches on your lawn, it may be more beneficial to receive our Lawn Makeover: this would create a beautiful lawn from scratch and be more cost effective in the long term.
Could I have prevented these dead patches on the lawn?
It’s difficult to know exactly where these patches would have occurred but watering the lawn during a very dry weather period, even if it is occasional watering, would probably have reduced these areas to very few, or none at all.
Why did the application of the treatment during this period not stop these areas dying off?
The Nutragreen treatments work when a lawn receives moisture by rainfall or irrigation.
No water means no Nutragreen benefit. However, it will sit there and start working the moment rain arrives; which is why we treat lawns with our feed in these conditions, knowing that once the rain arrives the lawns are stressed and need that helping hand.
What can I do if there is another period of very dry weather?
- If you notice the lawn becoming dormant in the future, remember where the most vulnerable places were and at the very least, water these occasionally
- Remember, a few pounds on watering is much cheaper than reseeding or returfing
- A good watering once a week will keep any lawn quite happy
I live in an area of the country that often experiences dry summers. What can be done for me?
If you live in a part of the country which is often susceptible to periods of dry weather and the lawn often becomes dormant, we would very strongly recommend the inclusion of our Oasis treatment as part of your regular treatment programme. Perhaps consider the Enhanced Nutragreen treatment programme, which incorporates this as well other lawn benefits and best of all, a big discount.
If I have some areas where the lawn recovery is light but not bare, what can be done with this?
Don’t worry too much about these areas as they will come back. The main need for these areas are nutrition and the removal of dead grass blades. Setting the lawn mower on a low setting will help to suck these dead grasses up. Regular feeding, is just as important to stimulate grass growth and new shoot production.
Is there anything I can do this autumn to continue to aid my lawn's health?
We would probably recommend that if you weren’t already considering lawn scarification this year, that you do so. The scarification process is probably the best thing you can do for a lawn with patchy recovery this year. Of course, if you are a Nutragreen Enhanced or Complete customer, good for you - your lawn is in safe hands as these will be carried out as part of your normal treatment programme.