Top 9 Lawn Restoration Tips for an Unhealthy Lawn

Lawn Restoration

Your lawn is one of the first things people see as they approach your home. That's why you want it looking its best at all times. But, what happens when your grass gets splotchy or begins to die?

You'll need to learn how to revive dead grass, which is possible if you follow the proper steps.

If you're a novice with grass care and need to know how to fix dead grass, then you're in the right place. In this article, we're discussing some lawn restoration tips so you can have a nice lawn again. Keep reading to learn more.

9 Magical Steps For Lawn Restoration

Sprucing up the exterior of your home can be anything from a new paint job to building a deck. But, the reality is that your exterior spaces will only look as good as your lawn. That means if you have dead grass in your yard, your paint job or deck will look kind of shabby, too.

Here are some steps you can take over the course of a few seasons, in the Spring and Fall, to get your lawn back up to par.

Diagnose the Problem

Before you can start working on your dead lawn, you must first determine what the problem is. For example, pests, such as grubs, will need to be treated for prior to spreading a new lawn.

Start From Scratch

If more than half of your lawn is affected, you'll want to start from scratch. You can start by spraying an herbicide that contains glyphosate. This will kill all the vegetation in your yard but allows new turf to re-establish.

Mow the Lawn

After you've applied the herbicide, give it a few weeks before mowing your grass as short as possible. This helps prevent erosion and keeps dead growth from shading your lawn.

Rake, A Lot

You can use a standard yard rake or rent a power rake from your local home improvement store. The key is to rake your lawn until there is only about 1/4 inch of thatch on the ground. Lay a thin layer of compost on the ground when you're finished.

Seed the Lawn

Spread your seed using a North/South and then East/West direction in order to completely cover the ground. This will prevent bare spots when the grass begins to grow.

Apply Herbicide

In order to deter new weeds, you'll want to use a pre-emergence herbicide that contains siduron. This prevents crabgrass from sprouting and allows your new grass seed to grow properly.

Water Well

Over the course of the weeks that your new lawn is sprouting, you'll want to water thoroughly. It is suggested to water for at least 5-10 minutes each morning and evening.

Feed the Lawn

Once the grass shoots from your seed are about an inch tall, you can apply a starter fertilizer to assist with new growth. Do NOT apply fertilizer before there is growth or you could burn the roots and your lawn will never sprout.

Mow the Lawn, Again

Give it a few months and wait for the grass to grow to about 3 inches tall. Now, you can mow it! Use a bagless mower to allow the clippings back into your yard. This will encourage the spread of growth.

Final Thoughts

Lawn restoration doesn't have to be overwhelming. Although it is time-consuming and requires enough patience to last a few seasons, your lawn will be looking great with the aforementioned steps outlined here.

Whether you're building a new home or renovating an existing landscape, we're here for you! Feel free to contact our customer service department with questions or concerns related to your lawn restoration project. We have offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and San Antonio, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Austin, Texas.

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