8 Steps to Restoring Your Central Coast Lawn

On March 26, 2013

Thinking of Restoring Your Lawn?

Here in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties our lawns are mainly cool season grasses, predominately fescues. Over time these lawns can become unhealthy for a number of reasons, and spring is the perfect time to refresh and restore your lawn to it’s former glory.

  • Maintenance Practices – Overwatering, underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, improper mowing heights, and dull mow blades all effect the overall health of your lawn.
  • Thatch Buildup – Grass clippings and leaf debris can matt the soil surface, not allowing water and fertilizer to penetrate. This especially is a concern on a slope where water runs downhill before it can be absorbed.
  • Soil Compaction – Caused by construction work, heavy foot traffic, equipment weight, and so on, compaction prevents absorption much like thatch buildup.
  • Competition – When a lawn becomes weak, weeds and unwanted grasses move in and take over. Think survival of the fittest. Weed and grass seeds can be carried to your lawn by wind, birds, mowers and even the soles of your shoes.
  • Pests and Diseases – Gophers, moles, rabbits, insects, and diseases can all damage a lawn by causing bare spots, holes, unevenness, and dead patches. This sort of damage invites weeds to move right in. If your lawn has uneven patches, your landscape professional or agricultural commissioner’s office can help you identify the source problem.

If your lawn is weedy, uneven, brown in spots, or generally appears unhealthy, don’t despair!

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Here are 8 steps to rejuvenating your lawn to its healthy, green, thick potential.

8 Steps to Restoring Your Lawn

  1. Eliminate any weeds, pests, and diseases using physical, mechanical, or biological means.
  2. Mow the turf short (approximate height for cool season grasses is 1 1/2 inches) to allow new seed to contact with the ground and sunlight to reach it.
  3. Aerate and dethatch the lawn. Dethatch in at least two directions. Hire a landscape contractor or gardener to do this chore or rent the machines at your local rental store.
  4. Rake and remove the debris generated by the aerating & dethatching machines.
  5. Purchase a package of cool season lawn seed, and spread at the recommended rate according to package instructions.
  6. Fertilize the seed bed.
  7. Top dress the seed bed with approx. 1/4″ layer of forest humus or similar product.
  8. Irrigate enough to keep the lawn moist for approximately six weeks to germinate and establish the new turf.

Enjoy your beautifully rejuvenated lawn!

For help with refreshing your lawn in time for summer, contact Mike Moran at 805/489.2111,  info@moranlandscapes.com.


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