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I have been in my house for two years.The lawn was fine when we moved in.Our house is on an old mushroom field apparently. Our lawn has gradually become very patchy with the patches like compacted holes. I tried to reseed last year which was a complete disaster. This year it looks even worse. We have a dog. I am not sure if the lawn has a disease or not. I am considering buying a few packs of the miracle patch products, but I expect they may work out expensive, however I am not sure whether also to consider re-turfing this spring. I am just concerned that if it is some type of disease in the lawn then it would just jump to the new lawn too. 

I think the dog has something towards the problem, but I do not think it is all her fault as the patches are not all where she tiddles. Any ideas?





  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    You have to be pretty unlucky to get a disease in a lawn-I have to say the dog is probably the guilty party especially as she is a sheimage-and the fact that the lawn was fine when you moved in

    It is too early to do anything yet-around March/April time apply a high nitrogen lawn food-that will get the grass growing them over sow with seed as necessaryimage

    But unless you can train the dog to go elsewhere the problem will persist-no easy solutionimage

  • Thank you for your reply,

    I shall try the lawn food, and tell the dog to keep her legs crossed!image

    I also wonder if I usually cut the grass too short. It is my mission this spring to try and get it right.


  • I'd agree with Geoff.

    How short you cut the grass is a separate issue. A lot of damage is caused by scalping lawns; just raise the mower by one notch at first and see the difference, then try another notch.

  • Thank you, I shall try that. I have just seen the rugby on the tv and their pitch looks better than mine! (even after the game).


  • I bet you don't spend as much time and money on yours as they do image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ha ha,very true.


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