End of summer repair guide

End of summer repair guide
End of summer repair guide
With the trampoline in retirement as kids go back to school and the outdoor furniture sadly returning to the shed, it is time to turn your attention to repairing all the summer fun that has been had.

Semi-permanent features such as trampolines, football nets, and garden tables and chairs can leave a lasting impact on your lawn causing patchiness and yellowing grass. These areas can be repaired, but it’s best to do it before the cold weather sets in.

September still offers ideal germination temperatures in most parts throughout the UK, but before sowing make sure to consult a two-week weather forecast that shows consistent temperatures of 8-10 degrees and above.

The first thing you will want to do after moving / putting the outdoor objects out of the way is to get some water on the damaged area, as its unlikely these parched parts have had much access to rain water during the summer.

Following this, you’ll need to scarify the area to remove any dead grass or thatch that has built up and rough up the top layer of soil in the area so that it is fine and loose. In order to give your patches a boost and help existing grass already in the area thrive, we recommend applying a quick release fertiliser. Our QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed fertiliser will provide the soil, new seed and existing grass with all the nutrients it needs to accelerate growth. Apply at a rate of 70g per m2, and make sure to water in so that the granules are activated and begin to work on your patches. Once the granules are dissolved, you can sow your seed. Whilst you may want the fastest results, it is always best to overseed with a grass seed mix that is of a high quality and fit for purpose – you can read more about that here. You should overseed with your chosen mix at 35g per m2, and continue to water the area daily for the following six weeks after sowing. If there is prolonged rainfall, you can avoid doing this.

Here's our step-by-step end of summer repair guide:

  1. Water the patchy / yellowed area after removing outdoor garden objects
  2. Scarify the area using a rake to remove any dead grass or thatch
  3. Use a quick release fertiliser to speed up growth, we suggest using our QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed fertiliser
  4. Water the fertiliser in so it begins to work on the patches
  5. Overseed at a rate of 35g per m2 and rake the seed in so it is in amongst the soil
  6. Continue to water the repairing areas daily for the first six weeks after sowing, you can avoid doing this if there is prolonged rainfall
  7. Mow the repaired areas when they are reaching heights of 5-7cm and are established at the 6 week mark