Yesterday was a great day to lawn. It started blowing quite a bit of wind, but as the hours progressed, the air receded, leaving a quiet afternoon to work in the garden. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I needed to spend time on the lawn, which after a spring with construction and summer of neglect, has been badly damaged. I decided to plant the grass a long time ago, I have a little surface, but it was something that made me very excited. The choice of variety is important. I recommend you read how to repair a damaged lawn.
3 steps to repair a damaged lawn
The bald spots that occur on lawns due to wear or other circumstances need to be fixed. The methods are:
- Planting seeds
1. Planting seeds
It is the most common for lawn repair. It is done just as if a new one were to be planted. The summarized steps are as follows:
Till (dig) the surface in question about 20 centimeters deep. If the area to be replanted is small, use the hoe. If it is large, a walking tractor.
Spread 3 kilos of mulch or manure per square meter and 20 grams per square meter of complex 15-15-15 mineral fertilizer or another of similar balance for the lawn (the organic fertilizer. It is not essential).
Dig to mix the 2 fertilizers (organic and mineral) using the hoe or the rototiller. Rake to clean stones and debris and leave it level.
Sow with the original mixture. The seed dosage is usually about 35 grams per square meter. Cover the seed lightly by raking back and forth.
Pass a roller or if you don’t have a bottle of butane. It is not essential, but it is highly recommended to achieve high germination.
Water 2 or 3 times a day if it is very hot to keep the humidity constant.
Apart from seeds, a surface that has lost the grass or is badly damaged can be repaired using sods. The sods are grass boards removed from a farm field.
They have the advantage over seeds that bald patches are instantly repaired, without the need to wait several weeks.
The downside is that it is much more expensive than seeds. However, for small areas, it is not so much money and it can be interesting.
The planting of sod is very simple:
- Till and fertilize the land as it is done when you are going to sow.
- Levels very well with the rake so that there are no hollows or mounds. Take your time.
- Place the plates or pieces of sod and settle with a roller (if you have one) or with a butane cylinder.
The dice method is used with some frequency for the species Cynodon dactylon (different varieties of Bermuda: Scutch grass), in the Mediterranean climate or without strong frosts, which is where this tussock goes well.
It consists of buying sods and using a knife to cut squares about 4 centimeters on a side (they would be like dice) and plant them. The dice are planted 15 to 20 centimeters from each other.
Cynodon (Scutch grass) has stolons. They are stems that spread across the surface and take root. After planting the dice, the land is “dotted”.
Within a few weeks of planting the Bermuda dice, they have already spread. The ground’s preparation is the same as for sowing and for sods: tilling, mulching (or peat or manure), leveling and planting the dice. Very frequent watering once planted so that it closes as soon as possible (in summer, every day).