Patchy grass after new turf
Caveat; I am a complete novice gardener. I fully expect I have missed/done something wrong so please don't think "he must have known that" and treat me like a complete novice
I moved to a new property in October 2016 which had an established lawn that was >50% weeds. I was careful to read lots of online articles about how to prepare, lay and water before starting. In April 2017, I removed the turf with a petrol sod cutter, rotavated the soil underneath, removed the weeds/large stones and put a layer of compost/bone mulch down before laying a new lawn on top. I was also aware that the soil in the area has clay in it, so I was careful to remove any of the clay from the top 6-12 inches of soil before laying the grass. Most of the clay was in a layer 2 feet below the surface. I then watered this once a day for 60 mins for two weeks and then 3 times a week for the following two weeks. Since then, I have been watering once a week unless there was heavy rain that week. Most of the grass seems to be growing really well. Please note I also mowed the grass after a month and when the grass was more than 6 inches in length.
However, there are patches of grass that seem to have died? The soil is sodden and the grass has turned brown/white. In some places, there are very small areas of green mould starting to grow. I googled/read the forums to find a solution. After adding liquid lawn feed, some 4 in 1 granuals and putting “air holes” in the grass I am at a loss of what to do. I was going to cut out the “dead” parts and buy some more turf to fill the holes, but I am concerned this will just kill the grass around the parts I cut out. Please see attached pictures of a part of the lawn. There is around 10% of the lawn, in patches, that looks like this.
What do you suggest?
Last edited: 11 June 2017 12:59:59