Repairing Bare Spots in Your Lawn
Repairing bare spots in your lawn is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Transforming an existing rectangular lawn into a rounded or circular shape can change the whole feel of the garden. It can create extra planting spaces or give new opportunities to use materials such as slate in the gaps.
Sketch out the design on a piece of paper first, and then use a tape measure to transfer these measurements onto the lawn.
Once you have it pinpointed, place a tent peg in it. Attach a piece of string to it and then holding it taut, swing it around in a circle to the desired size, trailing sand or using spray paint to mark out the circumference.
Using the trail of sand as a guide, firmly cut straight downward to a depth of about 1-1/4 inches to 1-1/2 inches, using a half moon cutter. At intervals throughout the process, check that the shape of the circle is even.
Sever the roots away from the soil. Carefully lift the sections of turf, and place them upside down in the compost heap to allow them to decompose.
Take a strip of strong, flexible edging material, and wrap it tightly around the outside of the circle or curve. Push it firmly down into the soil, ensuring that it does not poke up above the surface of the lawn.
Add slate, pebbles, or bark chippings to the spaces left by the removed turf, making sure that they sit below the surface of the lawn to make it easier to mow. Alternatively, the gaps could be used as planting pockets.
The lawn may need watering around the newly exposed edges until it is established. You can use this shaping method for straight-sided shapes as well — use a line of taut string to ensure that you achieve a straight edge.