Thickening and repairing a thin lawn
 
This is a more common request, with a simple and instant result type of solution being sought.  Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for renovating a "sick" lawn, short of removing it and re-sodding it.  Below is an outline of the questions we ask before we proceed with any renovation work:
 
  • Why is current lawn thin or sick?  Is it too shady, fungal disease, insect infection, soil compaction, poor drainage, poor soil composition, wrong cultivar of grass for site, excessive water, other, combination of more than one?
  • Can main causes of the problem be resolved, and if so, how? 
  • What kind of soil preparation would be required?
  • What kind of seed should be selected?
  • What kind of soil amendment or fertilizer should be used? 
  • Will moisture retention devices be needed?
  • Can and will homeowner dedicate themselves to the 21 days of constant watering?
  • If we do all this, what are the odds of success? 
After reviewing all these variables and determining the root cause(s) of the sick lawn, we assemble an action plan.  Then, we will review the plan with the home owner, along with the cost and expected outcome.
 
 
More basic services
 
If your lawn is already in pretty good shape and you would just like to thicken it or add in some new varieties of grass, such as drought tolerant Kentucky Blue, a general overseeding may be best.  For this, we do the following:
 
  • Double aerate entire lawn
  • Broadcast spread the new seed at the rate specified by the seed manufacturer
  • Apply an organic fertilizer
 
As with any grass seed planting, for it to be successful, it must be watered in everyday, twice a day, for 21 days, then regularly for an additional 30 days.  We recommend all renovations be performed in late summer after most of the significant heat is gone.  When seeding in spring, the seed may do quite well, then die off in July and August when it's hot and dry.
 
 

Did you know... We cannot guarantee the results of a seeding or renovating job as too many variables are out of our control.  Only 20% of homeowners follow through with the proper watering, therefore, 80% of seeding jobs result in failure.