This article will take you through the process of how to renovate your garden lawn by breaking down the process into easy to follow steps. A lot of people think that renovating a lawn is a difficult and near impossible task; but this simply isn’t true. There’s no need to hire in the professionals, with a little bit of work you can save yourself a lot of costs. If you follow the steps in this article you’ll be able to regenerate and put life back into your lawn without too much hassle.
- Use a weed killer substance to get rid of the weeds, invasive grass species and moss. This should always be the first step in a lawn renovation project; as nothing else will be effective if the lawn is still weed ridden. After you’ve applied the herbicide leave the lawn for 14 days to make sure that it takes full effect.
- Mow the lawn on a very low height setting to reduce the bulk of the grass. This will help to make treating the surface much easier (especially if you’re using automatic machinery). It may take several cuts to get it down to its lowest possible height. Sometimes it’s easier to lower the cutting height in stages; because thick grass can clog and catch if you try and ‘scalp’ it straight away.
- The next step is to scarify or rake the lawn. It is very important that this is done in two opposing directions to ensure a thorough coverage. The aim of scarifying your lawn is to allow the tool to scrape the surface of the underlying soil. Allow the spikes/wires to just penetrate the surface and not too much more. The purpose of this is simply to remove any debris and moss that may be in among the grass.Sometimes it may take several coverings to remove the bulk of the unwanted material in amongst the lawn surface. After covering the lawn to a satisfactory level clear up the dead grass and other debris using either a blower or gathering it with a rake. Don’t worry if the lawn looks a bit bare, this is completely normal if it was previously in bad condition.
- The next step is to aerate or spike the lawn’s surface. This process helps to allow fresh air into the soil. It also allows the roots of the grass plant to absorb more nutrients and water. You can use a simple spiked tool such as a pitchfork to aerate the lawn, or use a dedicated aeration machine which will perform the task more thoroughly.
After you’ve opened up the soil a bit more via aeration, you should put down some fertiliser to give the remaining grass a boost
- The next stage is to overseed the lawn with new grass seed. This should be done evenly and at a consistent density. The minimum recommended spread rate is 20 grams of seed per square meter of coverage. You can overseed using a walk behind spreader which will ensure an even and consistent coverage. Alternatively you can manually spread the seed using a trowel.
After you have sown the seed do not mow the grass for two weeks, this allows it to germinate and start to fix its roots into the soil.
- After you’ve done this do not fertilise the lawn for at least 3 months as this can cause nutrient burn to the new grass. Make sure you regularly water the lawn as fresh growing grass is thirsty and needs a lot of it to prosper.
That is pretty much all there is to renovating a garden lawn. It’s actually quite a simple process when you see it broken down and explained step by step. If you decide to take on such a project yourself you can save a lot of costly professional labour. Why not give renovating your lawn a try and see how you get on?
About the Author
This article is composed by Peter McAllister who is a gardening and lawn renovation enthusiast. He works for SGM a groundcare and garden machinery company based in the UK.