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There is nothing like a lush green lawn to make your garden look neat and tidy, so check out our top tips for fixing some common problems so that your lawn can look its best.

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Bald patches

Act fast to prevent weeds from taking hold by removing the affected area and around six inches of the healthy lawn around it. Level the soil and add a plant-based compost and fertilizer. If you are replacing the area with turf, you can cut it to size, place it and water it frequently. If you are using seed, you can lightly cover the area with straw for protection and keep the area moist.

Grubs

Grubs can cause damage, as they feed on the grass roots and attract other wildlife that may harm the lawn. According to the RHS, you may need to use a biological control such as pathogenic nematodes – usually Heterorhabditis bacteriophora – to get on top of the problem.

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Not enough sunlight

It is possible to obtain shade-tolerant varieties of turf; however, even these often don’t thrive in the darkest corners. It is often better to put something other than turf in the shady areas where the grass isn’t flourishing. A ground-covering, shade-loving plant or gravel will mean the rest of the lawn can look immaculate.

Crabgrass

This weed not only ruins the look of the lawn but can also cause soil erosion when it dies off at the first frost. A good course of action is to apply corn gluten meal, which is a natural solution, in early spring and follow this up with a treatment of spring fertilizer. Take care not to cut the grass too short when mowing season starts.

Always use a decent quality mower to ensure the grass is cut carefully and efficiently. It is worth investing in good garden machinery that will last; for example, you can buy genuine Briggs and Stratton parts from reputable online stockists of Briggs and Stratton parts.

Patchy grass

If the grass is looking thin and patchy, have a soil test. This can identify the pH level of the soil along with any nutrients that are missing so that they can be replaced; for example, limestone can be added to acidic soil or sulphur to alkaline.

 

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