How to Revive a Damaged Lawn

Does your lawn look patchy, barren, or downright ugly? Feel like your lawn damage is beyond repair? You may be able to revitalize your existing lawn, depending on the extent of the damage. If not, you might want to start from scratch and give your yard a much-needed fresh start. Check out these tips to learn how to revive a damaged lawn.

Identify the Source of the Damage

Before you can make any repairs, you need to know what’s causing the problem. Are there issues with the soil that are affecting your grass? Are you dealing with hot spots, urine spots, or sections of missing grass? At Berns Landscaping, we use soil testing to create custom fertilization plans for each of our clients. This information, combined with our specialized knowledge of local landscaping needs, ensures that each property gets the specific care it needs for revival.

Patch, Seed or Replace Your Turf

Depending on the state of your lawn damage, you may need to patch your lawn, seed bald areas, or replace the turf completely. Sometimes the bald spots can be blended with the existing grass if you seed at the right time. In other cases, the yard is so far-gone that it is best to start from scratch. We can evaluate your options during your consultation to determine the ideal treatment for your yard.

Water Your Lawn Frequently

New seed and replacement turf needs to be watered frequently to thrive. If you have an irrigation system, you can increase its output temporarily to keep the yard saturated. Otherwise, you can manually water your yard or use a sprayer attached to a timer. Once the new seeds have taken root, you can gradually back down to watering once or twice a week.

Fertilize Your Lawn and Cultivate the Soil

Your repaired lawn needs fuel to stay healthy. At Berns Landscaping, we use a multi-step fertilization plan to nourish the turf and the soil throughout the growing season. You may also need to dethatch or aerate the soil based on the health of your lawn. These steps can prevent future damage and give your grass the extra boost it needs.

Mow the Lawn Strategically

Wait a while before mowing your new seedlings. They need time to develop a firm root structure before cutting them down. After your grass is about 3 1/2 inches tall, you can mow it for the first time. Don’t cut it too short though. It’s better to leave the grass a little long to suffocate the weeds. Resume your regular mowing schedule, and incorporate fertilization into your lawn maintenance plan.

Let the Pros at Berns Landscaping Revive Your Damaged Lawn

Reviving a damaged lawn is a big undertaking. It takes a well-trained eye to spot the true cause of the damage and determine the proper solution for it. That’s where our experts come in. We have specialists in nearly every area of lawn and garden maintenance, including seeding, fertilization, soil cultivation, deep root fertilization, pest control, weed control, and much more. Contact Berns Landscaping at (586) 756-1145 to arrange for your personalized lawn care plan.

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