Previously I have talked about my lawn and the bald patches and ditches created by the previous owners’ dog. Over the past couple of months, attempts have been made to remedy this. The amount of problems I have come across, and am still encountering, are doing my head in!
My attempt to remedy the holes was with top soil and grass seeds. This solution has been somewhat okay, however there are a lot of dips and bumps remaining over the entire lawn.
I then attempted to ‘fill in the gaps’ of bare patches and kill off moss. However, a massive rookie-gardener mistake was made during the seed distribution. I fell into the temptation of over-seeding and going over certain areas multiple times with the seed distributor. This resulted in ‘fertiliser burn’ 😱!! So I now have strips of grass that are a funny gray colour. I’m too embarrassed to put up a photo of this!
Having read up several methods of fixing the fertiliser burn, the cheapest way for me at this stage is watering and ‘flushing’ out the chemicals everyday for about a week and ‘waiting and seeing’ how the lawn responds.
“You will want to clear the bottom of the fence of Ivy before it invades your lawn!” my cousin told me over the weekend. Sure enough she was right. Not only had it crept about a meter into the lawn, it has also swallowed a branch of my laburnum tree. Several hours later the bottom of the fence was cleared of Ivy, and at least a meter of lawn has been cleared too.
There is a lot of care needing to be invested into my lawn. Chances are the only way to properly remedy it will be to put top soil right over the entire area, raked it smooth and spread grass seed evenly. However I have young boys who enjoy playing out there and I don’t want to spoil their fun over the summer, so this will have to wait for a while. Meanwhile everyone who visits will just have to shut theirs eyes and ignore my funny lawn!!