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Patchy grass


By Fifi


I have recently moved into a new home with a garden at last I’m used to being confined to tubs and pots so its a real treat the only problem is the grass is covered in moss and daisys not that i have anything against daisys and moss but on top of this the grass is going really patchy its not looking good.

We have two children a cat and a dog but they don’t seem to be causing the problem as the patching is not just where they play and its a big big lawn. Oh already checked the grub thing and there aren’t any that i can see. Help please.

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Just to say, hello Fifi, and welcome.

Some nice pet names in your household :
Scooby the dog and Puss the cat. As you say on your page, not original, but may I add, very memorable. LOL

I'm guessing that Scooby the German Shepherd Dog is male. If the GSD were a female, that would be a very obvious reason for lots of lawn patches !

I hope you enjoy GoY.

26 Aug, 2008


Hi Fifi! Nice to meet you! How lovely to have a garden now - you must be thrilled! It isn't really the right time to start re-seeding the patches on the lawn. Wait until the spring and then you can apply weedkiller and lawn feed according to the insructions on the packet, as well as re-seeding! Are you going to be making lots of changes to the garden?

26 Aug, 2008


Hello Fifi. I don't have a lawn so can't help you, but I want to give you a welcome to GOY. I hope you enjoy it, and if you have any photos of your garden we'd be interested to see them.
Best wishes, Hywel.

26 Aug, 2008


Hi Fifi. Welcome to GOY. We don't get moss but our lawn a year ago was more weeds than grass. We gave Autumn feed, and then reseeded once or twice over the past year. We also used Spring feed. With regular mowing, seeding and feeding it is much better now than it was.
Looking forward to seeing how your new garden develops.
I think there is special treatment to discourage moss. Raking it out is probably something you should do first, but I don't know since we don't have that problem.

26 Aug, 2008


Hi Fifi, welcome to GOY,, i have two female dogs so my grass is in a bit of a state, plus having a mad whippet running around in circles doesnt help it either lol.

27 Aug, 2008


Welcome Fifi! You'll surely love this site. Friendly and informative. Look forward to pictures.

27 Aug, 2008


Welcome Fifi
Although we have a tiny lawn in a pot (!) I have helped a friend who has re- seeded areas of the lawn in his garden and done some patching in early autumn when the soil is still warm and moist, and before any real frosts appear. I'm not sure where you are located but you can get way with it in the Southwest for small areas where there are bare patches, but its best to wait until the Spring if you have large areas to re-seed.

27 Aug, 2008


thank you all so much i didn't think i'd get any replies at all, really helpful. Raking maybe a problem or at least a pain in the neck or should i say back as the garden lawn is about 40 meters long. Might get my better half to do that bit lol.
Irish i can sympathize (spelt wrongly i think but never mind) with the running thing Scooby doesn't stop he just loves the open space as do the kids and the cat for that matter. None have quite worked out the squirrel yet this could be a future problem but ill reserve judgement for now. We are hoping to have a bit of a veg patch but again i'll probably need lots of tips on this. We also hope to sort the hedges as they have lots of things which i haven't got a clue about growing in them. To be honest the whole thing needs a bit of TLC. Oh whilst we're on TLC how can i get rid of butter cups growing in a flower bed, dug the thing out thought cleared it put in some snap dragons and labelia to brighten it but they have come back worse than ever. Think I'm just going to have to put a lot of had work in just to get on top of it don't get me wronge it looks lovely til you look closely.This turned out to be a bit of an epic sorry.
Thanks again.

27 Aug, 2008


buttercups can be a nuisance. they are hard to get rid of if you dig out the ones that are there then put a couple of inches of compost mulch over the soil it should hold them at bay for a reasonable time

28 Aug, 2008


I just can't seem to get the roots they are really invasive little beggers aren't they. I'll try that though thanks Islander.

Back to the grass it seems to be improving i put some seed down on the patchy bits and its coming up. Just hope the dog doesn't water them for me cos that really isn't going to help. I'm def going to do the weed and feed thing the more i look the more moss and weeds i see. Thanks again.

29 Aug, 2008


why not add a pic of your pets fifi. most of us do, and im sure they would be appreciated

31 Aug, 2008


I really want too it is just i don't have a camera at mo its on the list. Really missed not having one sat as the butterflies were out in force have no idea of their names but there were some very brightly coloured ones reds and so on. Puss and Scob spent most of sat in the garden rolling round in the sunshine would of made some lovely pics but maybe soon.

1 Sep, 2008

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