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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Turf Renovation

You do not have to reseed or re-sod every spring. You should fertilize and increase watering frequency. It is also a good idea you aerate your lawn at least once a year; spring being the best time. If you have a bare area that seems to not fill in, no matter what you do, you might consider using a different grass or converting that section to a planter.

If you have a bare area there are several thing you should to check before come to a conclusion.

1) Does the area get enough sun? “Summer grasses” need more sun than the “winter grasses” that are used year-round in other parts of the county.

2) Are you watering evenly (uniformly)? Many residential irrigation systems are designed or install purely, plus parts wear and lose regulating ability overtime.

3) Are you watering frequently and deep enough? If water is making it at least 6” deep you should only have to water 3 or 4 days a week, even in the summer. [that has to be uniform as possible for good results]

4) Are you over watering? Plant roots need oxygen to live, if the bare spot is always saturated grass most lightly can’t grow there.

5) Does or did the bare area have a disease? Pearl scale, cut warms or fungus might be making it impossible to grow grass or other plants. You should almost always address the other four issues first, a health lawn can often defend itself from disease.

Once you have addressed these issues, you might consider reseeding or installing sod, to speed the recovery of your turf.