Hi everyone.. Have recently just bought my first house and garden needs
a a fair bit of tlc.. So started with the lawn as it was covered in
Since treating with weed killer I have loads of brown patches... What do
I need to do about this? Thanks..
Google for lawn renovation. Exactly what you need to do depends on the
extent of the brown patches and whether the existing grass is desirable
and worth saving. If it's crap grass, has undesirable weed type grasses
mixed in, etc, it's better to kill it all off and re-seed with a good
that's why i never recommend weed killers for
lawns. just mow it regularly and let nature sort
it out. mulching mower, set blades up high.
once you've done damage to the lawn you can
reseed, but early summer is about the worst time
to do that. better to have done it in the early
to mid-fall before it is cooler and easier to get
grass started. that also makes the weed pressure
now, perhaps seeding it and adding a thin layer
of mulch to help keep the moisture in, but i still
think it's too hard to keep it properly moist and
you're mostly wasting water, time, money, etc.
if the area is large and you don't really care
what it looks like for the summer you could try
to plant a cover crop (radish, buckwheat, turnips,
etc) and then in the early fall mow it down and
plant your grass seeds into that stubble. but
most people can't let their lawns go tall without
the neighbors or home owners associations from
going nuts. it really is better to have something
growing there rather than nothing for the summer
because dry hard ground is very uninviting for new
so much depends upon climate and rains, types
of grasses, light, soil conditions, availability
of compost or mulches...
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I've got a few bare spots that were covered by pine needles for a couple
of years. I racked them up and roughed up the soil. Will sow some seed
into the soil, keep wet and see what happens. Will probably have
another 1-2 weeks of moderate temp before the heat kicks in.