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Lawn Repairs & Top Dressing

Lawn repairs or renovations can be best described as a process of restoring a poor-quality lawn back into good condition without completely removing the lawn. A forgotten or poorly maintained lawn needs to be renovated when it starts to show signs of weed infestation, poor drainage, compacted soils or if there are uneven levels. As with all projects it is necessary to investigate and determine the cause or causes of deterioration of your lawn. Only when you have the right information, can you carry out any corrective programs, otherwise you may have to repeat the process again in another year or two. Issues with your lawn, which can be corrected by renovating an existing lawn, include incorrect soil PH levels, soil density, thatch, undesirable grass types and general neglect. Some straightforward solutions to help repair your lawn include aerating, dethatching, vertimowing, weed and pest spraying, fertilizing and top dressing.

A quality top dressing is usually used for smoothing or levelling turf. Surface top dressing is one of the most effective controls to limiting thatch and should be completed when the lawn is at its optimum growth stage cycle.

Before you apply the top dressing, you should cut the lawn to a suitable height first, if you haven’t fertilised the lawn recently, give it a feed and water it, then lightly top dress no more than 2cm. Top dressing soil needs to be clean, free of pests and any weeds, and be of a good consistency. You should spread the soil as evenly as possible over the lawn area.

For the best results, however, it is important that you seek professional assistance in maintaining a beautiful lawn by calling Fox Mowing today.

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