Top 5 Common Lawn Problems

Common Lawn Problems

There are some problems that nearly every gardener faces at one point or another, and although these common issues can be an annoyance there are some simple ways to fix them. When there’s a bald spot in your garden or a weed taking over, it can remove all of the hard work you’ve put into your landscaping.

Thankfully, because these issues are so common there are plenty of ways you can tackle them before they get out of hand. Here are the top five complaints regarding lawn care and how you can make them disappear, without resorting to any drastic measures.

Problem 1: Bald Spots

Although they’re an eyesore, the worst thing about having bald patches on the lawn is that weeds love to get in them and grow. During spring, use this time to plant some new grass as the conditions are ideal for growth.

Bald spots in grass.

Dig up the entire damaged section and a small border around it, put some compost or soil amendment down, and replace it with healthy sod.

Problem 2: Crabgrass Invasion

It’s the most common weed found in lawns and can quickly take over an otherwise healthy lawn. To rid your gardens of crabgrass you can apply corn gluten meal at the start of spring so that it contains the problem.

Crabgrass Invasion

However, if it’s already appeared you should remove it by hand for best results and a chemical free attack.

Problem 3: Lack Of Sunlight

Due to trees and other obstructions, there are some parts of the lawn that might be dead due to lack of sunlight. To rectify this issue, you can cover the parts of ground that don’t get sun with something like sweet woodruff or bishop’s hat as these are more tolerant to a lack of sunlight.

Lack Of Sunlight below a tree.

Avoid pruning trees too much to give better sunlight as this can create even more issues.

Problem 4: Lawn Thatch

When you mow your lawns and leave a layer of clippings, this collects to make a thatch. This dead organic matter creates a thick layer that can trap moisture underneath it  and allow fungus and other diseases to grow.

Lawn Thatch.

Prevent the thatch by using a catcher in your mower, or if it doesn’t have one, regularly rake your lawn.

Problem 5: Worm Casts

Although earthworms can act as a great natural aerator for your lawns, these casts that they create can also be a hindrance.

Worm casts.

A worm casts is a small pile of soil that has been ejected from the earthworm and they’re extremely common during fall and spring because of the moist conditions. Rake or sweep the casts off with a broom when they’re dry to prevent them from squashing, as this can be a great way for weeds to grow.

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