I have spots in my lawn that look dead, like straw, what can I do about it?
New lawns ( 0 – 18 months old ) can have this look to them.
The leaf of the ‘Sir Walter’ has curled in half to conserve moisture, because it’s root system hasn’t fully established yet. It will take 2-3 years to fully establish a good healthy root system for Sir Walter lawn.
Another sign of this is when seed heads appear in that area all the time, a sign of the plant is stressing.
Some reasons why:
- Poor soil
- Soil too hard – roots having trouble
- Builders rubble underneath
- Not enough soil
- Soil won’t hold any moisture – sandy, gravel, crusher dust, road base
Top dress area with good clean sandy loam or with garden mix which is full of organic matter( but looks unsightly until mown) Don’t completely cover all the leaves of the grass, use a lawn leveller to brush the soil into the lawn which exposes the leaves, then hose the soil in
A light fertilizing will assist the repair process, put down under the top dressing
Increase watering of this area until completely recovered, the more water the quicker the repair
If problem continues, treat area again as above, but check what is under the ground by digging a hole or using a garden fork.