lawn problems….?

Last year from around the middle of May through June Bank Holiday weekend climates and weather almost mirrored that of  what we are having now.

With reference to lawns here are the articles that I wrote then:

**images 4 & 5 are a patch of grass I started to repair about 6 weeks ago. The rest of the images are from last year [2008]

One should really take the first article and read it well. The second of course being my sense of humour but still a very logic answer.

I have prepared lawns that have had full seed germination within 10 days. I have also prepared lawns where very little to nothing will happen…

  • as long as one of the factors required for the growth of any plant is missing
  • as long as it is not ‘logic’ for the seed to germinate
  • as long as we do not have ‘typical irish weather’

And the answer to that of course is when it comes to nature sometimes patience is the greatest asset. My own lawn prepared about a month before I wrote the above articles is clear evidence of that and hence where I got the photographs from, The lawn sown in the pebbles almost a better germination…?

One may have had the soil prepared and presented well when the contractor left the garden… the soil may have dipped and hollowed slightly… some may have the ‘sahara desert’ cracking effect… in some cases some stone has been brought to the surface… all in all it looks a bit rough. I assure you – unless one has a bottom-less supply of rolled turf, a fire hydrant on full blast over night where the lawn will take in the most water and a shaded [completely] garden – no green [or very little] will appear… Funny thing is, the weeds will most likely grow there first.

I have just re-read – again – my article from last year…. and I once again realise that not even a degree in horticulture will help one here… it didn’t help me. It just helped me to understand better the why and why nots.

The truth is even when all of that is overcome…. the shelves of the supermarket gardens centres are brimmed with horticultural paraphernalia to help you and your lawn… and for very good reason. Clover, moss, weeds, fertiliser the list goes on *and* has done for eons…

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6 replies
  1. Philip
    Philip says:

    Camomile Lawns anyone? That tea stuff comes from Egypt?

    Skutch grass – old reliable…no need to seed – Anyway, it comes in spite of you or eventually takes over your nice lawn. A good rotary mowing tames it back after a few weeks.

    What’s wrong with clover and dandelions anyway. From about 3 metres, you cannot tell the difference and better still, does not stand up like grass. Stays flat – less mowing and flowers all year round.

    My favourite though is astroturf or sprayed green tarmac if you do not mind a few bruises.

    Now, where’s that Roundup?

  2. Brian Keeley
    Brian Keeley says:

    Hi – i had my garden dug up, levelled and grass seed put down 3 years ago, during weather like we are having now. After a couple of days the ground started to crack and a while later the grass started coming up in patches. I honestly stood looking at it scratching my head wondering what had gone wrong ! It wasn’t until we had a few days of rain that the grass came up like i thought it would initally and i was soon out with the mower !! Some of the pictures above look like the could have come from my garden but now its fine – a bit of rain and sun and it flies up !! So basically Rome wasn’t built in a day and a perfect lawn needs plenty of rain to appear- so dont panic, just have a little patience – this is ireland – the rain is due back any day now !!!!

  3. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    A Chara Sue,

    Assuming it was domestic rather than intensive farming, I would suggest that the pigs urine has been easily leached from the soil by now, especially with the rain we have had recently.
    Might I propose that the bald areas are forked, nice and deep and close together.
    Second a fine compost is brushed into the holes and the seed is scattered on top. I would not cover it.
    Make sure also not to water after seeds have been placed.
    Also do not use any additional fertilisers.

    After that it should be a case of simply time.
    Let me know how you get on.

    Best wishes
    peter

  4. Sue
    Sue says:

    Hi – My Dad has moved into a new house recently and there is a bald patch on his lawn. I’ve tried re-seeding but nothing is happening. We recently found out that the previous owners had guinea pigs on there and the urine has killed it but said nothing will grow on it now…is that true? Is there anything you can suggest we try?? Thanks – Sue

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