Summer drought, intense winter cold or repetitive trampling can damage your lawn. It then becomes yellowed, sparse, weak or even completely dead. These damaged surfaces are wide open doors for insect pests and weeds looking for a place to establish themselves. It is therefore essential to repair them to give your lawn back its vigor and the energy necessary to face the bad weather.
When to repair yellow or damaged lawn patches?
Spring and fall are two good seasons to repair your lawn because the temperatures are mild, neither too hot nor too cold, and the soil is generally more humid, which favours seed germination. So avoid seeding in the middle of summer!
How to repair the lawn?
Lawn repair is not complicated, just follow these 5 simple steps.
Remove all weeds and rake out yellowed or damaged grass.
Spread a layer of VIVA LAWN® Repair Mix evenly over the patch to be repaired. This soil will help the lawn to germinate optimally in just a few days. There is no need to add rooting fertilizer as VIVA LAWN® Repair Mix is enriched with fertilizer that provides essential nutrients for rooting grass seed.
Choose a quality grass seed mix that matches the sunlight level of your yard. You can find different mixes at garden centres. Apply the grass seed according to the instructions on the package and gently rake it in to lightly cover it with soil.
For the first two weeks after seeding your lawn, the soil must remain constantly moist. Water regularly, once or twice a day for 20 to 30 minutes per area using a watering can or a sprinkler. It is always best to use a fine spray to avoid moving the seeds and thus promote better germination. Always make sure to respect your municipal regulations regarding the use of drinking water.
To encourage new seeds to take root, it is recommended that you mow the lawn when it is about 10 cm (4 in.) high. Maintain your mower carefully to ensure that the blades are sharp. Dull blades cause injury to the grass blades, which can lead to disease. Leave clippings in place when you mow your lawn – it’s food for your lawn!
A dense, healthy, vigorous lawn is more resistant to weather and insect pests, and even limits the spread of weeds. Be sure to repair damaged patches at least once a year, in the fall or spring, and follow an annual step-by-step fertilization program to give your lawn everything it needs to thrive and be healthy.
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