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So, what’s causing your lawn to have dead patches in it?
There can be a wide variety of reasons for dead patches in lawn, some of the common causes can be:
Pets such as dogs and chickens scratching and digging around can create patches in your lawn and often this is the obvious cause. The best solution is to keep your pets away from these areas and allow them to self-repair. Apply a slow release fertiliser, and again in 6 weeks’ time to speed up the repairing.
Dog urine can also be a common cause for dead patches in your lawn. Often when your dog urinates regularly in the same area it can leave brown patches. The high nitrogen content in the urine is responsible for this burning, and the brown patches should self-repair if the dog ceases to urinate in this area. There is a product on the market called “dog rocks” which can also be effective. Simply place the dissolvable rocks into your dog’s water bowl, these rocks help neutralise the urine So it doesn’t burn your lawn.
Another common cause of patches in your lawn can be under-watering the area causing it to dry out. Most of our instant lawn varieties such as Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo, Tif Tuf, Sir Grange and Eureka Premium VG are drought tolerant and require minimal watering. However, in the hotter months in Melbourne your lawn may not get enough natural rain fall.
Generally, we recommend that you use an irrigation system or sprinklers when watering any lawn, this encourages a more even spread of water across the area. Hand watering with a hose doesn’t distribute enough water, along with taking up more of your time.
Typically, when day time temperatures are reaching over 28 degrees, we recommend setting your sprinkler or irrigation system to early morning or after dusk for about 20-30mins in the hotter months. You may need to do this once a week or fortnight. After you have watered, simply stick your finger into the lawn and ensure it feels wet below the surface. This is how you know it has received enough water.
Although self-repairing, your lawn can at times receive heavy traffic from both pets or humans, which can cause dead patches through wear. Examples of these times could be after a big event, or during the depths of winter.
The easiest solution for this is to remove all traffic from these areas, apply a slow release fertiliser every 4 weeks until the area has self-repaired. During the cooler months in Melbourne between May to September, it may take time to self-repair the area due to the reduced growth in the lawn.
The slow release fertiliser we recommend for our lawn varieties is the Lawn Solutions Fertiliser.
Lawn Grubs or Pests
Lawn grubs can be a problem at certain times of the year, although in Melbourne, we have a a dryer climate than the more humid NSW and QLD coasts, we tend to have less occurrences of Lawn Grubs. However, the best way to diagnose if this is the cause, place a wet hessian bag or old towel on the lawn overnight, when you lift the bag/ towel in the morning, if you see an abundance of creepy-crawleys then these are the cause.
If you find lawn grubs, give our friendly staff a call on (03) 9730 1128 or email email@example.com and we can recommend the best product for you to use.
Lack of sunlight on some of our lawn varieties can also cause bare patches. For Eureka Kikuyu Premium VG and Tif Tuf we recommend the area receives full sunlight, for Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo and Sir Grange, however, we recommend only about 4 – 6 hours of sunlight a day.
If you find your lawn area is struggling for sunlight especially during the cooler months, perhaps look at pruning back surrounding trees, increasing your fertilising to every 8 – 10 weeks leading into Autumn and Winter, and reducing traffic during the cooler months. These will all help your lawn self-repair.
With some simple awareness and good maintenance of your lawn, our fantastic self-repairing lawns will be healthy, happy and lush green in no time.
If you have any further questions about dead patches in your lawn or any other lawn question, contact our friendly staff on (03) 9730 1128 email firstname.lastname@example.org