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Restoring Your Lawn in 7 Simple Steps

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

If you have a lawn that has experienced some deterioration from heavy use or a lack of rain or nutrients, you can give it new life. Lawn restoration is much cheaper than starting over and you can complete the job by following these 7 easy steps. Here's how you can get started right away.
How would you like to improve your lawn?
  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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  1. Removing Thatch and Weeds. Removing excess thatch and weeds is the first important step. Mow your lawn as close as possible in a couple of different directions. Then, complete this step by using a rake to dig up any grass roots. Add any debris to your lawn compost pile.
  2. Level the Playing Field. It is essential to level your yard for the best growth result. Remove bumps by raising the turf and removing the layer of dirt underneath. Use a combination of topsoil and compost to raise any depressions in your lawn. Keep repaired areas extra moist.
  3. Adjust the pH. Test your soil to determine its pH. If the pH of your soil is low, add a lime mixture according to the test preparations. Choose a ground limestone for faster results. If you are unsure about how much lime to add, always be conservative and err on the side of caution.
  4. Add Nutrients. The next step is to add some sort of micro nutrient to your lawn. Use a slow-release fertilizer for best results. And, again, be conservative. Adding too much nitrogen can weaken the walls of your lawn blades and invite various diseases to attack the new grass.
  5. Add Organic Material. For a healthy lawn, your soil must contain at least 2 to 5 percent of organic material. Your compost pile will provide you with these life giving nutrients.
  6. Aerate the Area. Aerating allows oxygen to get to the roots of your lawn encouraging growth. Aerate just once in the fall for success.
  7. Over Seeding. Add a healthy amount of lawn seed in order to cover the entire area. Use seeds that are friendly for your part of the country. Make sure to finish with a good watering.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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