Three Ways to Improve Your Problem Lawn

If you find it a constant struggle to keep your lawn looking great, here are a couple of tips that will help you have a lush green lawn in no time.

Broadcast a stronger variety of the same grass seed with your next feed and water session. You may have a perfectly healthy-looking lawn, but if you want to strengthen it in the on-going fight against crab-grass, this is the way to do it. Simply broadcast additional grass seed across the weakest parts of your lawn to allow the roots to interlock tightly, preventing invading species from getting a foothold in the lawn.

Another situation, one that is common for many lawns, is when there are pockets of brown and or dried lawn that never seem to recover. This could be caused because of poor drainage. Often, areas of lawn can get too much water, especially if there is a depression in the soil, so that your water is pooling it in the area. Alternately, it could not be getting enough water because of poorly designed drainage patterns such as steep runoffs levels or cement walkways or driveways that pull the water away at too quick a rate during rains. Experimenting with planting grass seed of different varieties. This may give you a solution that is simple and inexpensive. There are many hardy seed types that can tolerate a wider variety of water and soil conditions. Buffalo Grass is a great example of this type of grass. We have a variety of grass seeds that can resolve this problem on our website listed below. You can try a hardier grass seed for those problem areas, fertilizing them as you broadcast the seeds and let a season pass as you evaluate what, if any, changes occur in these areas. You may find that once you have begun planting grass seed in these problem areas, you may want to slowly incorporate this new grass type with your current lawn to give greater resiliency to the lawn as a whole.

Another reoccurring problem is that the soil in this particular areas has simply been leached of all it nutrients. This might be caused by the drainage named above or even through too many years of planting nutrient-hungry plant varieties. Many of today's hardier grass varieties are based on native varieties that don't need the vast amounts of nutrients that the older lawn varieties needed to survive and thrive. Taking a PH soil sample reading will tell you if this is the problem. There are a variety of liquid organic lawn fertilizers that can solve this problem. In addition, planting grass seed that has a lower fertilizer need such as winter rye grass may help alleviate this problem. Our website listed below has a variety of liquid fertilizers that can resolve this problem for you and are easy to use.

On the whole, any lawn with problem areas can have these patches resolved with a little testing to identify the problem and then choosing the correct variety when planting grass seed in these problem areas.

Jan the Garden Lady is the pen name for Janet Black, a thirty year veteran of DIY gardening advice. For more information on how to choose the correct grass seed for your lawn, check out our website grass seed planting tips

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