Is your lawn in poor condition due to insect damage, grub damage, or just overuse?
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your lawn, then this article is for you.
We’re going to take you through a full lawn renovation project, step by step, and show you how to bring your lawn back to life.
Whether you have a new-build property or an older one, this guide will be helpful for you.
Lawn Renovation Process
The lawn we will be renovating is around 40 square meters, but the methods can easily be scaled up to a lawn of any size.
At the start, the lawn is in poor condition with bare patches, weed grasses, and insect damage.
However, by the end of this guide, you will see how you can take a lawn in bad condition and turn it into something fantastic.
Removing the Weeds
The first step in the renovation process is to remove any weeds or unwanted grass from your lawn.
Scarify the Lawn
This step involves removing the damaged grass and starting fresh with a clean slate.
Dig out or Kill Weed Grasses
Weed grasses can be harmful to your lawn and will need to be removed before starting the seeding process.
In UK lawns these are commonly POA annual, POA trivilias and yorkshire fog
They stick out like a sore thumb in your lawn with thick clumpy leaves, seeding heads and are typically lime green in colour.
They need to be dug out or killed with total weedkiller if you want to remove them
To determine whether you have Poa annua or Poa trivialis in your lawn, you can look for the following characteristics:
- Leaves: Poa annua leaves are usually smooth and shiny, while Poa trivialis leaves are hairier and have a more bluish-green appearance.
- Stem: Poa annua stems are usually thin and delicate, while Poa trivialis stems are thicker and stronger.
- Growth habit: Poa annua is an annual grass and will grow and spread quickly, but die off at the end of the growing season. Poa trivialis, on the other hand, is a persistent and more hardy grass that will continue to grow from year to year.
- Seed head: Poa annua seed heads are more slender and upright, while Poa trivialis seed heads are shorter and more rounded.
Define the edges
This step involves creating a neat and clean edge around your lawn to give it a finished look.
If your lawn is overgrown use a half moon edging tool to re-define the edges of your lawn and tidy them up
Overseeding is the process of adding new grass seed to an existing lawn to improve its density, appearance, and health.
The steps for overseeding a lawn are:
- Preparation: Mow your lawn to a shorter height and remove any debris. Aerate the soil with a garden fork or a lawn aerator to create small holes for the seed to reach the soil.
- Selecting the right seed: Choose a grass seed that is well-suited for your climate, soil type, and intended use (e.g., foot traffic, shade tolerance).
- Spreading the seed: You can either spread the seed by hand or use a seed spreader. Ensure that the seed is spread evenly over the lawn.
- Fertilizing and watering: After spreading the seed, you can to fertilize and water the lawn. This will help the seed germinate and establish roots. Our Seed Start pre-seed fertiliser is ideal at this stage
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How much does a lawn renovation cost?
The cost of a lawn renovation depends on the size of your lawn and the products you use. Be sure to consider the cost of materials, tools, and labor when estimating the cost of your renovation.
- How long does a lawn renovation take?
You can expect the new grass seed to really start growing within 4 weeks of application and with good weather mowing your new grass soon after
- Can a lawn renovation be done in stages?
Yes, a lawn renovation can be done in stages, depending on your budget and timeline. You can complete the renovation process in stages over a period of time to make it more manageable.
- What tools do I need for a lawn renovation?
The tools you will need for a lawn renovation include a lawn mower, edger, rake or scarifier, weed killer, grass seed, and pre seed fertiliser.