How to repair a lawn
Bald patches can make your lovely lawn look messy and uncared for, so find out how to repair a lawn in a simple 5-step process, with advice from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.
Heavy footfall, pets, and children’s football games can have a detrimental effect on a lawn, creating bald patches, dips and scuffs that require re-turfing to bring it back to its former glory. Thankfully, repairing a lawn is relatively quick and easy with turf rolls. It’s best to make the repairs during the spring or autumn when there’s a higher amount of rainfall, however it can be done all year round, providing there’s no snow or frost on the ground when you do it.
To repair your lawn, you’ll need a garden spade, garden fork, half-moon edging tool, garden rake, a brush and a watering can or hose pipe.
Step 1: Make sure the new turf fits exactly – place it over the damaged area, then cut around the edge of the turf (going through the new turf and the turf below) using the half-moon shaped tool. Roll up the new turf and set it aside.
Step 2: Lift the damaged turf using the spade – push the spade into the soil then cut horizontally under the turf, making sure that you remove the matted part of the turf only, and not loose soil.
Step 3: Use the garden fork to turn over the soil and then mix in a little topsoil. This will help the new turf to establish quickly. It’s also a good idea to mix in a little sharp sand to help with drainage. Use the rake to make sure the ground is flat and even, ready for the new turf. It’s also a good idea at this point to water the soil in order to give the new turf the best chance of establishing quickly.
Step 4: Lay the pre-cut piece of turf into the hole and firm it down with the back of the rake or a board. Brush topsoil around the edges of the turf to fill in any gaps and to prevent the edges from drying out.
Step 5: Water the turf well using the watering can or the hose pipe, but ensure the water soaks through to the ground below. Water every day for at least 2 weeks. Repeat the process over other areas of the lawn that need to be repaired.