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Hi everyone, I need some help with my front lawn. I've seed, weed and feeded it twice now with no response. I've also 'forked' it as I don't have any other way, is there anything I can do to help this process along? I just want a decent lawn not really a bowling green




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441

    Is it in heavy shade all day? It looks like a combination of poor drainage (clay underneath?) and too much shade or something trampling all over it.

    When you say you have treated it to feed, weed, and seed, twice, when was this?.  Its too early in the year for a response to that regime .  If you have recently seeded and it is not waterlogged or been eaten by the birds, seed should start to grow in the next month.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,356

    Looks very soggy image

    I'd agree with fidget - if you've seeded or fed it recently, you won't see any results for a little while.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    You'll need to reseed that lawn. If its damp and shady then get a seed variety specifically to suit. Leave it till its' about 3 inches and then cut with the lawnmower set to one inch. Don't feed or weed it till its established, it can take a whole season depending on your conditions, but at least 3 months. When you can see only tiny area's of soil between the grass plants, then it's established. Give it time.

    If you have leather jackets, water with nematodes, directions on the packet

  • It's not shady at all it's in good sun but if it's just a matter of time then I'll just sit on my hands and wait haha thanks everyone I'll post new photos if I get any change in the future
  • It is clay rich soil though what can I do about that??

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441

    It looks like its badly drained, which it may be if you are on solid clay. You can hire a tool which punches plugs out of the soil and then either fill with coarse sand or compost . Failing that if you decide to start again, rotovate a load of compost into the top 6 inches to give a better base, then firm down and reseed.

  • Not an authority on lawns by any means but mine were looking a bit woebegone so Aftercut has been applied twice, after mowing of course, and they do look better for it.....nothing to lose Daniel?

  • today I've punched more holes in and reseeded lightly, then lightly covered in compost (about 1/4 inch) and watered down, it's very sunny here so let's see how this goes. More and more sun should make a big difference. 


    No Mike I haven't laid turf on woodchip, thanks for the advice though. What I've done can't make it any worse so I'll take your course of action when thus fails, I'd have done yours first but ive literally dine this today haha



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