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Please help LAWN Terrible!!!

Please help me I’ve got no idea what I should be doing to help the Lawn, we rent so don’t want to spend to much money but I don’t know how to make this better! It’s very rutty and patchy any advice on what products and how to use them would be much appreciated! 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,591
    hi and welcome to the forum. 
    " silk purses and sows' ears" Spring to mind I'm afraid. 
    You're not going to rescue that without a fair amount of effort/ money and new grass seed.
  • I don’t mind putting in the work and some money but I don’t want to spend a fortune need help  
  • Plenty of time and bit of money will be needed, so it's good that you're already prepared for it!
    I have just embarked on the same process myself;

    You will need to rake out moss and de-weed the whole area (work!!)
    Water it well over a day and puncture the earth with a fork or you can buy shoes that aerate also (much easier and you can gets others to help you out too!)
    Then you will deed to dress the bare patches of the lawn with lawn topsoil and sow new lawn top dressing seed as per the particular instructions. 
    Then it's a matter of watering and watering and watering and not walking on it too much, there is rain coming though so that will hep you out!
    Don't mow until it's 8cm high or more.
    It looks like it also needs a fertiliser water treatment too, as it's probably just quite tired, infertile, dry and compacted
    Good luck! I'm still physically recovering from my endeavours!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,029
    Treeface said:

    Needs a good scrape, some deep aeration -  [sorry, but those shoes don't go anywhere deep enough! @re@rebeccamM6CA_Gn6 ] with a fork, or hire one of those electric ones.
    Rake and firm, rake lightly again. You can add some fresh topsoil too if the soil's poor. Ideally, you would add a sprinkle of bone meal a few weeks before seeding, but you can get grass seed that has a bit of fertiliser in it, which gives it a boost. It'll need a lot of water before sowing too, as already said, and plenty afterwards.
    It's not a great time to sow grass, although I sowed a new lawn in June here a few years ago. Plenty of rain here in June though.  :)

    Alternatively, just water it till it's nicely damp, then give it a feed of liquid seaweed, and cut regularly. That often works wonders. Depends how perfect you want it  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • True about the shoes, it's more a daily exercise but the fork and a deep "wiggle" is needed as a real help :)@Fairygirl @Tricky282828
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