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Eliminate Bald Patches in Your Lawn

Unsightly bald patches in your lawn can be a source of stress and aggravation. These patches can be caused from a few different scenarios. I’m going to help you diagnose and find the best solution for your lawn. Keep reading!

Do you regularly find bald patches in your lawn? Look not further than your four-legged friend. Many times, dog urine is to blame. The solution is to wait week for the nitrogen to stabilize, rough up the patch with a three prong garden fork, and then lightly spread some grass seed. To prevent this problem in the future, encourage your dog to do his/her business in a designated area – ideally a 4×8’ gravel bed with filter fabric and lime on the bottom to prevent weeds from coming up through.

Another source of bald patches is from pathogens like fungus. Depending on the weather and your microclimate, fungus can create some serious dead lawn patches. Having a professional lawn care company that regularly maintains your property helps minimize this problem, but if you’re taking care of the lawn yourself – there is a solution! Rake out the dead patches from late August through early October and spread grass seed over those areas. You should see some improvements. If there is extensive damage, we recommend that you consider hiring a professional lawn care company to mechanically slice seed the lawn.

Have you seen insects like Japanese beetle grubs, chinch bugs, sod web worms, or bill bugs roaming your yard? They could be to blame. In this situation, the insects need to be eliminated. Control products should be distributed throughout your lawn – by a professional or yourself. If you still don’t see great results, reseeding (as mentioned above) would be recommended.

Late summer and early fall are excellent times of the year to invigorate your lawn grasses. We at Winterberry Landscape Management strongly recommend core aerating your entire lawn. This process mechanically pulls a three inch long by three quarter inch wide plug from the soil. These plugs are then dispersed all over the surface of your lawn. The plug dries, disintegrates, and works it way into the thatch layer. While in the thatch layer it introduces nutrients like microbes, fungi, and bacteria that feed the lawn and start to break it down.

We also recommend fertilizing and liming the lawn at this time – which is usually necessary for New England’s acid soils. If you have room in your budget – broadcasting seed over the lawn while slice seeding is also very beneficial. Both introduce new seed plants to the lawn, keeping it thick and healthy. Slice seeding disturbs the rhizomes and stolon (roots of the grass plant) and thatch layer. All of which stimulates additional growth for a thick healthy lawn.

We hope this article helps you with your pursuit of a lush, green healthy lawn!


If you’re interested in having one of the landscape professionals at Winterberry Gardens help bring your lawn to its full potential, contact us through our website or give us a call 860-378-0071!