How to Take Care of a Bald Spot in Your Lawn
A bald spot on a lawn is often caused by an animal, but it can be fixed by cleaning the area and preparing the soil properly. Find out how to use lime to bring the acid level down with help from a professional landscaper in this free video on lawn care.
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Hey, Dan LeSieur here; DK LeSieur Landscape Maintenance; Washougal, Washington. I've been asked to talk to you about bald spots in your lawn. Well there's a few here and I picked these ones. These are actually created by the homeowners animal that's got a lot of extra aceticity in their urine or maybe they've, they cleaned up after quite yet. Most common bald spots in grass; so first off I'm going to clean them off and I'm going to show you how to prepare the soil and get it back down. So be patient with me while I clean them out. As you can see this grass comes out pretty easy; some here, back it out of the rake; do it again. Okay. Again, we've got a lot of little bald spots and animals like to go and use the same spot over and over for some reason. So there you go, we got those few spots clean up and set that right there. Okay, I'm going to come over here my buckets; what we're going to start with is a little bit of lime. I've got a hole in already. What we want to do, we want to break down the acids that's in the ground; so that the grass will grow. If you don't do that, you're kind of wasting your time. Without using lime, it brings the acid level down. So and it don't matter how much you use; so you could just do it by hand; as you can see. I like to use a lot of it. Okay. So put it down; smooth it out some; put some more. It's not going to hurt anything. Lime will not burn your grass; won't hurt your grass; it's really good to use. I could fill a little more here. So, okay. Okay, on my little bucket here I got some molt already to go. I'm taking; spread that over there; okay; just cover that lime up; cover that up, so they're looking better. Cover that dead grass that we had in there. So, and again lime, top soil; okay; we got it all; I miss one. You want to hold for both; right here, put some lime and cover that. Now, you could use this lime that we have here for the whole yard; it's not going to hurt enough. So, okay we have our lime, our top soil down; our two; one, two of our far bald spots; now we're going to grass seed it. You don't need to get the spreader out; just kind of, by hand you could see it. Okay. You don't want to use too much grass seed 'cause it won't take. Okay. And these grass seeds designed for the Pacific Northwest where we're at, State of Washington. You don't want to use the wrong grass seeds for the region you're in. So here we go. See it looks like right here we've got a little bit too much; it's not a problem. We're just kind of even it out; okay. Now we got the grass seed down. This one right here looks like it could be spread out a little bit. Now we're going to put some more soil back down; okay. Not a lot, just kind of barely cover it. It's okay if you still see a little bit of grass seed; okay; just kind of cover it and get all that grass seed covered up. So now we have lime, soil, grass seed and this seed is design for the Pacific Northwest and more soil. Okay. And not a lot as you can see; we're just kind of, kind of covering it. So, basically we're doing it to protect it from the birds. Birds going to come down and pick out a little bit; but as long as there's some soil over there, they won't. Next thing is, we're just going to turn our sprinklers on because we're going to do some fertilizing and other things. And you can fertilize this right away because they're just normal grass that you're going over. So there you go; we have patched a couple of bald spots. As you could see I'm pretty good with it in the grass, not too good within on my head. I can't get it to grow up there. But I'm really good in getting it to grow in your grass. So, and if you can't do it you could always call a, a professional; they should know what they're doing. I'm here in Washougal, Washington; you're more than welcome to give me a call.