Thin spots, brown patches, compacted soil, or crabgrass? Do you see them often on your lawn?
Yes, they are annoying and can make you feel frustrated!
What’s worse? They keep coming back after you’ve tried different treatments.
So, what are the effective ways to stop these common lawn problems?
Crabgrass is everyone’s favorite to hate because it grows annually and can survive anywhere in your yard.
Many lawn owners use a weed solution to get rid of it.
But you can opt for organic products like PetraTools liquid solutions to keep you away from chemical harm.
To apply it effectively and effortlessly, you’ll need a lawn and garden sprayer with top-notch quality and excellent features like those we offer.
We have an array of different powered sprayers, from backpacks to carts, which will make application quick and easy.
Regardless if it’s crabgrass or thin spots you’re dealing with, it’s important to understand the problem and learn the efficient solution for it.
So, let’s talk about these common lawn problems and their recommended solutions!
1. Thin or Bare Spots
These spots are disappointing to look at, but they exist in many lawns. Their cause? Drought and hard soil.
Regardless, here are the things you need to check or do:
- You might be using the wrong grass seed if your lawn is thin. If so, check its pH level and adjust. Aerate your yard and mow the existing grass. Apply a starter fertilizer, sow the new grass seed, and then rake to cover. Moisten it until you see the seedlings and then water as necessary with a powered sprayer.
- For bald spots, simply fill in these areas with grass seeds. Dig in the spot and till gently. Apply loose soil, reseed, and then water. You can add a starter fertilizer.
2. Damaged Spots from Pet Urine
Our furry friends are also another culprit.
Being playful in nature, they pee or poop anywhere, especially outside. Your lawn is one of their favorite places.
Dog and cat urine both have nitrogen that causes your yard to brown.
The first thing you can do is train your pets not to urinate or poop on the lawn. If they still do, then make sure to keep them away from the brown spot and apply water to the area.
You can also dig the spot out, gently till the hole, and apply loose soil. Reseed and then water. Consider including a starter fertilizer.
Make sure to monitor the treated area, so your pets won’t urinate there again.
Thatch is a build-up of organic matter that creates brown patches in the lawn.
It can be dry, which resists water, or wet, which promotes fungal diseases.
The cause of this is pH imbalance. Yup, that’s why checking your yard’s pH from time to time is crucial.
Aside from becoming brown, you’d also feel something “spongy” when you walk on these spots.
The pH balance can also be disrupted if your lawn had chemical treatments.
So, how do you treat this problem? Simple. Get the right pH balance back.
Ask for help from a professional to bring the proper balance.
You might be advised to use a dethatching machine or apply some solutions to the lawn like the PetraTools lawn dethatcher.
4. Hard Soil
Got weeds? Aerate your soil!
Hard ground prevents proper air circulation in the roots, so you need to loosen it.
Use an aerator machine each year to condition the soil. It removes small plugs that block the air, water, and nutrients from penetrating into the ground.
You can also use aerating sandals with spikes, so you can walk on the lawn and create holes for the air.
But there’s a better way of loosening the soil that’s quicker, easier, and more cost-effective than the manual methods, and that is using liquid aeration.
PetraTools offers our liquid aerator that effectively breaks hard soil, allowing air, water, and nutrients to get into the ground better. Just mix it with water and spray the solution on your lawn evenly.
Choose any PetraTools best backpack sprayer to accurately apply the solution to your lawn. We have the HD4000, HD3000, HD5000, HD4050, Battery Sprayers, and LT-PRO – all have distinctive features that provide you with many spraying benefits.
Yes, that annoying weed is infamous for messing up your yard! It can thrive in clay or compacted soil.
Aside from using organic weed control, as mentioned earlier, you can also aerate the ground.
This is the perfect solution if your soil is hard and crabgrass is all over! Regardless of which weed solution you use, we recommend an even application with our battery powered backpack sprayers.
Some plants that we call weeds are actually beautiful, and dandelions are one of them.
But you have the option to grow them if you like. You just need to separate a patch for them.
If you choose to have healthy, thick green grass, you must get rid of dandelions.
You can use an organic grass solution or opt for a method that doesn’t utilize any liquid solution.
If you select the latter, you can use a weeding fork or dandelion digger to remove the plant. The activity may require a little bit of physical effort, but it’s a great form of exercise.
Removing these common lawn problems requires different solutions.
If you can get rid of them using physical effort, we encourage you to do so. Again, it’s a wonderful form of exercise.
But if the issue needs a herbicide application, always opt for those with organic or less harsh ingredients.
Use durable lawn and garden sprayers as well to help you do the job quickly and effectively.