Lawn Renovations & Repairs
Is your lawn dead, dry, damaged and barely hanging on? Hoping a little food and water might revive it to its former glory? Perhaps it’s time for a lawn do-over! The family at Greenskeeper Professional Lawn Care has been growing and caring for turf for over 40 years. Over these years, we have done thousands of successful renovations and repairs using only the best soil, seed, and additive products.
Issues That Indicate Lawn Repair & Replacement
If you are dealing with dead spots, tree removal, new construction, poor drainage, grub damage or undesirable grass types at your property here’s how Greenskeeper can help:
Dead Spots – It is important to first assess what is causing the dead area. The Greenskeeper technicians will diagnose and address the problem for you. Typically, the remaining damaged grass will need to be fully removed by dethatching the area. Adding quality soil and seed is the next step to improve these troubled areas.
Tree Removal – After a tree has been cut down and removed, the ground stump is usually left. Often the majority of the stump debris is removed but too much sawdust and wood chips are left behind to grow healthy grass. After removing this excess material, adding quality soil and seed is the next step to cover these spots.
New Construction – Once construction such as a new addition, home renovation, pool installation or other hardscaping is complete, lots of rocks and clay-based soil will typically be left exposed in the surrounding areas. What is typically done,???
Poor Drainage – If your property has poor drainage and areas that collect water on a regular basis, you may develop problems such as grass dying off due to oversaturation and turf disease issues. In order to fix these issues, the water must be re-routed by re-grading the yard to encourage proper drainage.
Grub Damage – After grubs have finished feasting on the roots of your grass, you are typically left with large areas of completely dead turf. The damaged grass will need to be completely removed, then quality soil added and seed planted to bring your lawn back to life. Greenskeeper has the correct insect control materials to prevent the problem recurring next year.
Undesirable Grass Types – If your yard has too many different grass varieties, you may want to replace it with a single turf type to achieve uniform color and growth in your lawn. An overall mottled appearance occurs because some grasses tend to go dormant earlier in the fall and also to wake up a bit later in spring.
General Factors That May Affect Lawn Renovation & Repair Results
While every lawn repair is unique and may require different maintenance in order have successful growth, the best thing you can do for your newly sprouted grass is to give it time. Please note that newly seeded areas may need extra TLC for up to entire year. Here are some general factors that may affect your results:
- Temperature – Your new grass seedlings will need to be watered more often as the air temperature gets higher. This is because as the ground temperature goes up, moisture will evaporate more quickly.
- Grade – The amount of slope to the repaired area may require a more delicate watering schedule. A hilly lawn should typically be watered for shorter periods of time and more often to prevent run-off.
- Clean Up – It is important to keep leaves and debris off of newly seeded areas. Never use a leaf blower on as you will likely blow away the grass seed and/or newly sprouted plants. Use a rake with wide prongs to just lightly collect and remove the leaves.
- Mowing – Only cut new grass when it grows over 4.5 inches – and never cut new grass lower than 4 inches.
- Watering – After the first cut, schedule watering during daylight hours for 20-30 minutes every 5-7 days, depending on rainfall.
Watering Instructions For Newly Seeded Areas
Unlike a typical watering schedule, new grass needs more frequent watering. Remember, rain can count as water if it is significant enough.
- Mist It – The first few days after seeding, mist your grass four times a day to keep the top ¼ inch of the seedbed moist without oversaturating.
- Water It – Then water every 3-4 days for 20-30 minutes
- Keep It Wet – It is important to keep the area from drying out to support germination. We recommend watering for 5-10 minutes on all in-between days.
- Don’t Over Water – Try not to let the newly seeded area puddle or wash away. Once the grass grows to be about 2 inches, you can resume longer, less frequent waterings.
Greenskeeper Will Get It Done!
Lawns on life support and in need of a do-over are lawns that show significant damage. Regular feeding and watering deeply are excellent for maintaining relatively healthy lawns but unfortunately, lawns past the point of no return simply won’t benefit from extra food and water. Sometimes it’s just easier to start over from scratch.