A beautiful front lawn is often a home owner’s pride and joy. Many fun activities happen on lawns: barbeques, soccer matches, and maybe even a picnic in the late spring or summertime. But remember that lawns consist primarily of green grass. And just like any other plant, the grass is not immune to aging. Even if you take care of your lawn the way you should, the grass is not going to live forever. So, it’s worth noting the signs of natural lawn decay to prepare yourself for a new sod purchase. Here are three signs that your lawn might need a touch-up with new sod sooner than you’d think.
Lots of Runoff After Rain
One natural feature of grass lawns is that they are meant to be absorbent. This means that the grass and soil work together after a rainy day to absorb the water into the ground, nourishing the grass and the wildlife that lives underground. However, this is a feature of a healthy lawn. If you have noticed that your lawn has exhibited a lot more puddles than normal days after the rain or that the paved sections of your yard are still damp around the edges with clear skies, this means that your lawn is no longer absorbing water properly. This usually means that the current layer of grass or soil is oversaturated with water, which can lead to bald patches in the grass. If you notice this problem, it may be a good time to consider purchasing new sod.
Bald Spots, Even With Fertilizer
If you have a dog or other outdoor pet, you know that bald patches on the lawn are a fact of life. This is because the nitrogen in their urine can actually kill grass and the roots. However, this will be in relatively small patches that normally you can put fertilizer on to help grow back. But what happens when you keep fertilizing a bald patch, and nothing ever grows? This signifies a greater problem than just the occasional nitrogen imbalance. If you frequently fertilize a lawn spot and nothing grows, this means there are likely pests underneath the layers of soil in your lawn that have completely cleared out any grass seedlings. This means that nothing can grow anymore and that it’s time to get new sod.
Wrong Grass Type
Sometimes, humans make mistakes. It’s possible that the sod you purchased for your lawn previously just isn’t compatible with your lawn. There are several factors that contribute to this problem: weather patterns, shade, and even where you are located in the United States can all play a role in why your lawn won’t grow correctly.
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