Repairing patches in a lawn is a very simple process and can be done quickly and easily.
Here Johnsons Lawn Seed – the UK’s oldest lawn seed company – shares its top tips for
making patchy lawn a thing of the past!
1) To start it helps to choose the correct mixture so that new growth blends perfectly with
your existing lawn – to help with this, Johnsons Lawn Seed has created a handy guide on
‘How to Choose the Correct Lawn Seed’. However, if you are still unsure than worry not, as
Johnsons Lawn Thickener or Johnsons Quick Fix are often ideal. Lawn Thickener is coated in
a fertiliser so the nutrient is targeted specifically at the new grass which is particularly
2) Next rake the patch vigorously to break up and reveal the soil, if the area is very compacted
you may need to use a fork. When you rake make sure you do so beyond the obvious edge
of the patch, later you will sow lawn seed into the extended area too. If you do this it will
make your patch blend in better with the existing grass because you will not have a defined
edge where new grass meets the old.
3) Remove any stones or hard lumps of soil from the area, when you have finished it should
look evenly raked with broken up soil. Most patches have very little grass cover so you need
to use the sowing rate for new lawns, check the instructions on the pack but this is usually
between 35g m2(1 ¼ oz per sq yard) to 50g m2 (1 ½ oz per sq yard).
4) Sow the seed by hand and evenly distribute it over the area, you can mix the seed with a
few handfuls of topsoil too if this helps you sow it more easily. Gently rake the area to allow
the seed to mix in with the soil, and then, this is important, gently firm in the seed by
treading it in. By doing this the seed will have good contact with the soil allowing it to
absorb water and put roots down.
5) Water the area with a fine spray and keep it moist until the grass is established. Be careful
at the beginning not to over water as you will wash away the soil and the seed.
6) When the grass is 5-8cms (2-3in) high cut for the first time and over a cut or two bring it
down to the level of the existing grass. To minimise the stress on the grass never remove
more than a third of the growth at one time
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