How To Plant Grass Seed In Bare Spots

planting grass seed

Even the most meticulous lawns will occasionally develop bare spots. It’s important to know why and what to do if you find these spots appearing in your lawn.

It’s important to be able to diagnose these spots so that you know how to best treat them when you find them. Some spots can appear and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. For instance, unless you catch a neighbor’s dog, cat, or other wild animal urinating on your lawn there’s not much you can do about it.

It would be nice if that was the only cause we had to deal with. The truth is, there are actually many different causes and the treatment varies.

Fertilizer Burn

Fertilizer contains Nitrogen, which can potentially burn out your vegetation. This will be the case if you inadvertently spill or apply too much in one area. The solution here is to quickly apply water in an attempt to wash away the nitrogen and prevent it from burning your lawn.

Salt Burn

If you’ve had a particularly cold winter, or you live in a northern area where snow and ice are the norm, the substances applied to roadways to prevent dangerous conditions will absolutely damage a lawn. The hopes here are that since the grass lies dormant during this time, it will be able to repair itself in the spring. If it doesn’t, you will most likely need to re-seed the area.

Grubs/Pests Below Surface

Grubs are the larva stage of many different types of beetles. An infestation will result in the grubs devouring the roots of your grass. Ultimately, if the grubs are causing dead spots, your lawn is unable to fend off the amount that has accumulated below its surface and you will have to intervene.

The grass is able to fend off a grub infestation, to a certain extent, and once conditions are beyond that you’ll notice the dead spots. The best thing to do is address the grub infestation and re-seed the bare, dead spots or re-sod the areas.

Fungal Infections

That’s right, a lawn, just like Uncle Ted’s toes, can develop a fungal infection. The fungal infection on your lawn will manifest as a fine white webbing covering and killing the grass. These are common and usually brought on by temporary environmental circumstances.

Normal lawn care procedures such as watering and mowing should alleviate these fungal infections requiring no further treatment.  Should the issue persist, consult your landscaping company. These solutions should not be invoked on an attempt to get rid of Uncle Ted’s toe fungi.

Chemical Spills

In this case, mother nature gets the day off and it’s our turn to see what we can screw up. In all seriousness, just like the fertilizer burn, a momentary lapse in attention or a misread instruction set can lead us to spill one chemical or another and damage the lawn.

Even some lawn-safe chemicals can damage grass if you spill the concentrated formula directly on the grass. Prevention is the solution here, be careful with any type of chemical near your lawn and try to do your mixing and refueling on the sidewalk or patio area if one is available.

Other Causes

Dead or bare spots can be caused by a period of particularly heavy traffic in one area and improper sprinkler placement leading to over or under watering. Maybe after you planted a particular area, the grass seed was washed away the first time you watered or some birds advantageously took the opportunity to have a small feast on your dime.

The list can go on and on and might not ever include what particularly happened in your yard as most plants are very vulnerable to just about everything else, especially before they’ve been established. Sometimes the culprit is long gone and the most appropriate thing to do is move forward, having no problem to diagnose or find a solution to.

Repairing A Bare or Dead Spot

No matter the cause of your unsightly yard blemish, here is the process of reseeding the area and is the final steps in handling all the above mentioned problems:

  1. Using a rake or a tiller in a big bare spot, break up the soil and remove any rocks.
  2. Spread seed throughout the bare area according to package instructions
  3. Cover the area with potting soil, approximately 3X the amount of seed used.
  4. Water the area gently until the ground is saturated, being careful to avoid puddling.
  5. Continue to saturate the area daily until the grass is approximately 2-3” tall
  6. Avoid mowing until the grass has been established.

Learn more about Over-Seeding here.

Final Thoughts

Taking the time to give your grass a hand can make the difference in your lawn reflecting poorly on you as a negligent home-owner or proudly declaring you as the king of the neighborhood with your beautiful, lush, envious lawn. Details require attention and details ultimately add up to the bigger picture, so take the time to follow those easy steps and finish out the summer as the king of your castle and your lawn!

How to Prevent Weeds in Fall

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closeup of dallisgrass weedIn the fall season, there is a high ratio of weeds in the lawn. They become resilient parasites that are difficult to eradicate. When people slack off on lawn maintenance during the fall, weed growth increases significantly.

When the weed population reaches a higher level, the damage that they have inflicted on plants becomes irreversible. Such plants and grasses become frail from nutrient deficiency. This makes it more difficult for them to withstand the harsh conditions of winter.

Wilting becomes inevitable at this point, for your garden plants, shrubs, and grass blades. However, this cycle can be subverted!

Homeowners must prevent weed growth and eliminate the weeds which have already taken root in the grass. And we’re going to tell you how.

Herbicides

Herbicides target the weeds, killing their growth and preventing future events of weed formation. Herbicides can impact both annual and perennial weeds, depending on which product you buy. The main thing you need to be mindful of is that herbicides targeting grassy weeds will also harm your turf grass, so they must be used only as a spot treatment.

Annual weeds tend to sprout in summers though the beginning of fall. Therefore, the fall weed treatment can nip their growth cycle in the bud.

Find out how our Lawn Maintenance services can help keep your yard healthy and weed-free.

In fall, the weed treatment you use will ideally include both pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides. The pre-emergent herbicide attacks the weeds that are scheduled to grow in late fall, by killing the seeds that would otherwise germinate throughout the winter. The post-emergent herbicide affects the weed that has already germinated and is either mature or at initial developmental stages.

Our friends at JC’s Landscaping have more helpful information about Common Weeds in North Texas.

Fertilizers

Fertilizers stage plant growth, but using high amounts can promote weed growth as well. Using a limited amount can create a competition between lawn grass and weeds, which results in the survival of the fittest.

This is the dynamic you want to encourage in your yard. Fortifying your lawn so that it’s too dense and healthy to allow weeds to settle in- that’s the ticket!

In a scenario where the weeds are “the fittest,” they will choke out your lawn and garden by dominating available moisture and nutrients in the soil. Starving your grass and foliage-by providing insufficient fertilizer- is a “great: way to sabotage any sort of healthy return come next spring. Let’s not do that!

Using an adequate concentration of fertilizers amplifies plant growth and enables healthy and preferred plant life to outlast any weeds that try to settle in. Multiple types of fertilizers can magnify plant growth, but nitrogen-rich fertilizers are an excellent choice to increase the nourishment by two folds. This is especially true for the soil types that are most common in the North Texas region. 

Learn more about our Tree and Shrub Fertilization services.

Blocking Aeration

Another technique that lawn care experts have rolled up in their sleeves is the blockage of air. This technique should be used sparingly, and only in encompassed shrub and garden areas of your landscape.

The prevention of air reaching the weed roots can reduce fall weed growth. This can be achieved by use of mulching materials or landscape fibers. Landscape fibers are synthetic polyesters that reduce the soil aeration in weed-prone areas, thereby smothering them and preventing further growth.

Please take a moment to review our Lawn Aeration service page to learn how Prosper Sod can assist you.

Regular Watering

Watering your plants and lawn is a no-brainer for basic lawn care. The thing is, many weeds are adaptable to dry soil and can grow in periods of water recession. This is bad news when it comes to periods of drought and local water restrictions.

Watering the plants irregularly offers a platform for the weed to nourish and outgrow plants. Ample water supply can harness the development of plants and impede weed germination.

Learn more here about effective watering techniques for each season.

Conclusion

Preventing weed during the fall season requires attention and strategies to reduce current and future weed growth. You can do the job yourself but take a leap of faith and grant the responsibility to Ryno Lawn Care to ease your burden. The team plans an effective methodology to counter the existing weed while simultaneously practicing solutions and techniques to prevent future weed cultures.

Spring Lawn Service

Keeping your yard perfectly groomed can definitely yield a lot of benefits. It makes your entire residence look clean and very attractive, it actually helps boost the value of the property and it also creates a much healthier and safer environment for the family. Unfortunately, the pressure of everyday living can take its toll on a lot of homeowners. thus,  they do not have the luxury of time to regularly care for their lawns. As a result, lawns and gardens become overgrown and downright shoddy. It’s especially true when seasons change. Can you imagine how your place would look like once winter is over and spring sets in? Now is the time for spring lawn service.

Who wouldn’t want a beautiful and green lawn just adjoining the house making it look beautiful? A lawn accentuates the beauty of a house and makes it look very attractive. however, maintaining a lawn is very tedious job. A lot of care has to be taken in order to take right care of the lawn. Mowing your grass with just the right length, making the lawn pest free and weed free are just few of the most important things that have to be taken care of. The answer to this problem is hiring the services of the lawn care company.

Tips for choosing the Right Lawn Service

It doesn’t have to be the difficult to choose the right lawn care service. For a lot of people, this type of decision can drive them crazy. Normally it is because they worry that if they choose the wrong lawn service, not only will their lawn look bad, but they will miss out on another opportunity. The truth is that you are free to change lawn service whenever you want, for whatever reason you want. don’t worry about making a bad decision, because it is easy to remedy. maybe you are looking into a lawn service for the first time or maybe you just need to make a change. these days, professional lawn services fees have become way more competitive. That’s because there are a lot of new companies with more aggressive campaigns. So choose carefully and take into account these details.

Define your needs

One of the biggest problems that a lot of people have is that they hire a service that doesn’t fit what they want. if you just want a service to manicure and maintain your lawn, then you probably don’t need pest control or tree/shrub trimming or flower tending, etc. the key is to define your needs and choose a service that excels in those particular areas. have a great tree trimmer doesn’t help if you don’t have any trees

You must consider the reason for which you require the service of lawn care. the season plays an important role in deciding what exactly is needed for the care of lawn. different seasons require different care. you must decide whether it is summer, winter, fall or spring that you require the service for. if you can have healthy and beautiful green lawn throughout the year.

you must also make up your mind if you want to use only organic lawn services. the use of organic method is an environment friendly way of controlling the weeds and pests. it does as much as to keep your lawn well maintained without using chemicals are in fast in action and can bring quick results. but they can be harmful in long run.

Use local research resources

there are a variety of local research resources at your disposal and you should use them. the easiest place to start is the better business bureau as well as your local chamber of commerce. both of these institutions should have a good idea about whether or not people have been satisfied with particular service work. additional local resources are friends, family, and neighbors. anyone who has used the lawn service in question is a potential research resource.

Go online

utilizing the internet is another great way to find out how well a lawn service is regarded. Along with official websites like BBB Online, you can also go to more casual review sites. they will be able to give you a good idea about what to expect. if it is a franchise or chain then you can also see how well they are respected in other areas. at minimum, it will let you know if any kind of standardization exists or if you just “get what you get”

Look for a licensed company

You have to ascertain that the lawn company you’re looking at is licensed. it should not just be any license but one that allows the company to operate in the state or area it’s conducting its business. A license is one of the most solid proofs that the company is operating in a legitimate manner and is subject to government regulation.

Know the type of services they provide.

Some just offer general lawn cleaning and maintenance. others provide varied services, including landscaping and fence building. you’ll need to choose one which will be able to provide the service you need.

Check if the company is associated with any professional lawn care associations.

These professional associations usually set specific standards for membership. you can at least be assured that the one you choose will be able to deliver quality services in accordance with such standards.

Check out the company’s portfolio.

It would be better if it has a website which you can browse. Last but not the least, dig up feedback and reviews from the previous clients. these will help you a lot in knowing more about their customer care and how efficient they really are.

Get Price Upfront

It is imperative that you get price quotes up front. Not only does this give you a baseline for comparison with other potential candidates, but it also gives you the best chance to get some sort of discount. For example, you may get a better deal with a particular package or you may get a discount for paying an annual fee upfront rather than spit out over the course of the spring and summer

Find out the Worst Case Scenario

Many lawn care services will offer some sort of guarantee. This is important to pay special attention to because it will help you define the worst case scenario. You will know where you stand if everything else goes wrong. At minimum, this will let you know what type of recourse you have if there is any kind of disagreement.