At QTurf, we know how annoying and unsightly a dead patch of grass right in the middle of a beautiful lawn can be. The good news is, generally, if the dead patch hasn’t been caused by a fungal disease, it can be easy to rectify with new grass seed! Keep reading to find out how to fix your turf and get it back to pristine green perfection, ASAP.
We’ll preface this by advising that grass seeds will germinate better in cool and damp conditions. This is just a fact. The young roots get off to a great start in soil that isn’t too cold, and isn’t too hot. Try to avoid patching during summer months, especially in Australia, as the young grass probably won’t make it through the heat and drought stress.
How to plant grass seed:
1. Clear out all dead and unwanted turf, as well as other debris that might be on the lawn. The grass will always germinate and sprout better when it comes in contact with bare soil! We recommend the Wiedenmann Whisper Twister for blowing away debris quickly and effectively.
2. Loosen the soil. This means aerating it, or better yet, dig and loosen the affected area to around 4-6 cm deep. Simply tossing seeds on top of the hard ground isn’t going to do anything. The better aerated your soil is, the more likely there is of the seed sprouting. You’re going to need a top-quality aerator to get the job done properly, however. With its ability to aerate and remove compacted soil to a maximum depth of 40cm, the Wiedenmann Terra Spike XP8 is a great choice.
3. Scatter grass seed loosely over the soil which has been well aerated. This will allow the seeds to disperse evenly instead of being cluttered in one area. You can do this manually, but if you have a substantial area of turf to look after, you’d be better off saving yourself a lot of time by using an effective seeder, like the Wiedenmann Terra Seed. Make sure you choose a good quality seed that’s suitable for your climate. It’s also recommended that the soil is lightly tapped down, so the seed has good contact with it.
4. Fertilise the new seeds to facilitate new growth. There are specific fertilisers for new grass, so be sure to buy the appropriate one for the job.
5. Finish with a dressing of topsoil or mulch to ensure your seeds don’t blow away (and to stop birds from getting at them). Next, water the area with a moderate soak using a fine mist. Be sure not to water the area with heavy water pressure as it will wash the seeds away.
Tips for afterwards:
- No matter how you decide to carry out your patch work, water is going to be your friend.
- Keep the ground damp at all times until the seed is up!
- Dry seeds won’t germinate well and if the soil dries out before the seed has broken out, it likely won’t make it.
- In hotter climates, watering twice daily is advised.
- When you have blades around 4-8cm tall, you can reduce watering to once daily!
If you have any other specific turf-related questions, get in touch with Terry at QTurf on 0428 290 009 or use our online contact form!