N00bie Lawn person.

HI Guys, new to the forum so hello!
thought id introduce myself... MY names Sean and purchased my first house last year... i took on some renovations to the garden then hurt myself in a bike accident and it all seems to have gone very wrong!!
i am back to full health now and would really love a nice green garden again.
ive attached some pictures so you can see and i would appreciate any help.
the garden was half "astro" and half blocks... i ripped both up. removed loads of dirt and rotovated the whole garden, i also laid "pre turf" fertilizer and all seemed to go so well. the grass started lovely, but now it just seems to be so patchy.
the area where my new little pup has been weeing is nice and green so i can only assume the grass may be lacking nutrients? as the wee may be acting as a fertilizer?
anyways. see pictures and let me know :)
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On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6:27:33 AM UTC-4, SeanL29 wrote:

It doesn't look patchy to me. I was expecting to see some real trouble. It looks great. I don't know what kind of fertilizer or how much you put down earlier, but after about a month I'd put down some starter fertilizer. That's what they call it here in the US, it's intended for seeding a new lawn, it has more potash and phosphorus, less nitrogen, so it promotes root growth better. Here the fertilizer is labeled N-P-K, eg 30-5-5, the first is the nitrogen. One with 30 as the first number has 30% nitrogen per pound, it's intended to green it up a lot. You want one with a lower first number, bigger P/K, eg 18-20-15 or similar.
Give it enough water, but don't over water it either. Probably every other day, moving to every third day in a few more weeks. Overall it looks fine to me.
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SeanL29 wrote: ...

train the doggie to wee in the same area all the time so that it doesn't ruin the rest of the area.
i hope you have a decent summer with plenty of moisture as that will give the grass a good start. in the future you may want to do any grass seeding in the later part of summer or early fall as that lets the grass get well established without as much competition from weeds.
mow it regularly at the tallest setting you can tolerate, mulching blades/mowers are the best as that gives the worms food and they turn grass clippings back into fertilizer. ignore using most weed killers or other poisons. fertilizers will come from rain and repeated cuttings. spot weeding if you really want to but i go for maintenance free lawn areas so i just mow it and let the weeds do what they want. the rabbits around here tend to eat a lot of them out of the grass.
this is all i can think of for now. enjoy and otherwise good luck. :)
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