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Lawn nightmares

Grass Clippings - Lawn Drainage'At Grass Clippings, we receive many emails and messages from lawn owners seeking our help with their nightmare lawn.  Below is a typical enquiry received.

'I am writing for advice regarding a turfed lawn that I had laid last year in a medium size family rear garden, unfortunately it all turned out to be disaster which is another story but now I find myself in a situation that I believe the lawn is unrecoverable and any advice would be welcome.  After much work the turf was laid flat and was very green and lush, no weeds and looked top quality, very springy underfoot and with regular watering grew well. 

After a few months, I saw growth thinning out  and now there seems to be just as much bare patches of black soil as thinned out grass,  the soil is quite heavy with clay about a foot down. 

There is a tendency for water to lay on the surface in wet periods.  Am I right in assuming that drainage and the wrong grass could have been chosen for the conditions.  Any advice would be most gratefully welcome.  Thanking you, regards Mr S'.

Our advice to the lawn owner was that we offer a Lawn Consultancy Service so that further budget can be spent wisely and to stop throwing good money after bad.

The past winter has also been very wet and lawns have struggled from the volume of water, especially new lawns.  Lawns laid on very heavy impervious soils are a nightmare to manage if the surface water cannot get away and a lawn will soon rot if there is laying water.

Most lawns and soils are capable of coping with what we could call normal rainfall.  What they can not always deal with is additional water crossing the surface that has run off from a higher neighbouring property. terrace, driveway or storm water from a house down pipe.

Search 'Drainage' on this lawn advice blog for more details on drainage and solving wet lawns.

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