How To Fix Damaged Lawns

By Subodh / April 7, 2013

Sometimes, despite your very best efforts, your lawn ends up just a little worse for wear. Weeds, ant infestations, burnt spots, under watering, or the dog doing its business can all leave their mark. Even having people walk across it regularly can be damaging. So how do you repair it when problems start to show?

Fortunately we can show you how to do it in six easy steps.

Step One: Evaluate

Take a slow walk around your lawn to work out just how much damage has been done, as well as what’s causing it so you can prevent it from happening again. Overgrown weeds, ant infestations, or even mole holes are all signs to look out for. If you’ve got a dog, keep an eye on where they go to do relieve themselves. Keep an eye out for yellow brown spots or grass with red threads, as these can be signs of a fungal infection.

Step Two: Clearance

If you’ve got a small lawn it’s worth taking the time to go over it removing the weeds by hand. If you’ve got a bigger space to take care of a broad spectrum herbicide should do the trick. Some weeds are tough and will need multiple applications.

As well as the weeds, you should also rent a dethatcher to get rid of the accumulation of leaf clippings and plant debris that build up on the soil surface. This lets water get down to the roots, meaning you get healthier grass.


Step Three: Rince

Dousing any brown or burnt spots with water will dilute the effect of dog urination. Believe it or not, female dog urine has a lot of nitrogen in, which can actually burn through grass. To prevent spots like that cropping up again put up a chicken wire barrier around the space.

Step Four: Divert foot traffic

Sticking a great big “Don’t Walk on the Grass” sign can seem a bit antisocial, but putting some stepping stones down can create a nice looking footpath that keeps people from trampling the grass, avoiding those unpleasant muddy tracks.

Step Five: Control pests

If you’ve found mole holes, lay down some traps. There are plenty of humane, non-fatal mole traps on the market that will let you move the animals to somewhere where they’ll do less damage.

Step Six: Replace damaged grass

Of course, once you’ve taken preventative measure to stop further damage to your lawn, you need to start undoing the damage that’s already been done. Some of it will recover naturally, but sometimes you just need to bring in something fresh. Divide the damaged grass into sections, dig up grass with two inches of soil to expose a fresh layer, then add compost, start fertiliser and grass seed and level the space with the back of a shovel. Water it three times a day until new grass begins to grow, and soon your lawn will look as good as new and it will be time to buy a lawnmower online to keep it in check!