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Lawn Renovation

Lawn renovation is necessary when the turf-grass of a lawn needs to be improved but not completely redone. If the lawn were to be redone it would have to be ripped up and replanted. Lawn renovation, on the other hand, can be done when the grass is declining to a point where it can only get worse, but it is not so bad that it is necessary to reestablish the entire lawn. As long as half of the yard is in a favorable condition, the renovation efforts should be successful.

If your lawn is in bad condition this could have happened in a number of ways. For example, many people end up choosing lawn renovation after they realize that they have incorrectly fertilized their lawn or it has been overrun by weeds. You might need to renovate your lawn if it has been improperly mowed or watered too much or too little.

The Steps to Follow

In order to ensure you are heading in the right direction with your lawn renovation the first thing you will want to do is make sure you are renovating at the right time. If you have a cool season grasses, they should be renovated in the fall during September or October. Meanwhile, warm season grasses need to be planted from April to June. Once you have determined the correct time for your lawn renovation the rest will prove to be a snap.

Step 1- Why is lawn renovation needed?

In order to ensure that re-growth will be successful and so you will not have to go through this process again right away you need to know why your lawn failed in the first place. If you simply replant your grass you may find that the same problems make it necessary for you to do it again. One of the easiest ways to determine the problem is going to be to have the soil tested. This will allow you to determine the source of your problem and eradicate it before you put your new lawn in the same spot.

Step 2- Prepare for lawn renovation

Obviously, you are not going to just lay new grass on top of old grass and hope for the best. You will need to prepare the area for the new lawn that you will be laying. You can do this by removing the pieces of grass that are damaged and tossing out any weeds with them.

Now that the pieces are removed and the weeds are handled you need to mow the area you are renovating. Make sure that you mow the area so that it is much closer to the soil then you normally would. Once you have mowed, remove any excess clippings. Then rake the area to ensure that it is ready to go.

At this time you should also remove the excess thatch, which is any plant material that is decomposing on the soils surface. In most cases this could be anywhere from a half an inch or more. It is important to remove this because it slows the movement of air and water to the soil. It can also harm the development of the roots. Thatch can be removed by using a mower or a power rake.

Step 3 The final steps to lawn renovation

Now it is time to cultivate the soil. You can do this by using a coring machine. Once you have cultivated the soil you need to run a mower over the area. This is important because it helps break up the soil that was brought to the surface area. You will want to attempt to do this when the ground is moist as this makes it much easier.

As soon as this is done you will begin fertilizing your soil. You can refer to your soil tests to know the proper amount of fertilizer and lime you will need based on the results.

You can now add your new lawn. This may mean you are seeding, plugging, or laying sod. Whichever you prefer should be fine. Make sure to take the old grass that will be remaining into consideration when planting the new grass. You may be adjusting the rate of planting slightly based on how much or how little of your lawn you plan to renovate.

Step 4 Watering and finishing up the renovation

Water the lawn as soon as it is planted. It is going to be important to keep the soil moist. A good rule of thumb to remember is daily watering for up to three weeks. They do not have to be long sessions. A light watering will be fine.

The only thing you have left to do is mow the area. You will not do this until it reaches a height of one and one half times taller than is recommended. Once the height is reached feel free to mow and enjoy your new lawn.

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