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A big bald patch in new grass!

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

How do I get rid of a bald patch in my grass?? Once again I am stumped, I'm very new to gardening and laid very expensive new turf before summer but clearing away the garden toys I have found a BIG bald patch where the trampoline was! (I know I'm stupid!) Is there anything I can do now?



It's a bit late really for grass seed, but what you need to do is scratch up the surface so you have a fine tilth (about an inch of loose, fine soil) even and level it out and sprinkle grass seed on it and leave it to grow. You can either have a go now (grass seed's not that expensive) or leave it till spring. In future, remember you need to move things around on the lawn to prevent dying back of the grass, so a paddling pool or trampoline should be shifted at least weekly to a different area of grass.

28 Oct, 2009


I agree with Bamboo the grass seeds do work and its the best way to get a bald patch sorted out.

29 Oct, 2009


Thank you Bamboo and Rkalyan! I know Bamboo I was told to keep moving the trampoline but got lazy with it (I won't be making the mistake again!) By the way guys does it matter which seed? Do I have to match it with the grass I've got?

30 Oct, 2009


Not really - it will inevitably look a different colour from the rest when it first grows, but will blend in. However, as you've a trampoline, I'm guessing your lawn gets a lot of wear (children?) so make sure you buy a mix like Playlawn, or general (not luxury), with a high rye grass content, as this is harder wearing.

30 Oct, 2009


Yes I have 2 children and it get's loads of wear, I can't believe there are so many types of grass! But thanks Bamboo I'll look out for some playlawn.

31 Oct, 2009


we had a similar problem with the grass and we left it alone and a large part of the bald bit grew back so less hassle in the long run. we then re seeded the final bald spot.

31 Oct, 2009


O.k, I think I'm going to leave it alone for now and see what happens, I'll seed it in the spring, thanks. My only concern would then be keeping my children away from that area for the grass to grow!!

1 Nov, 2009


i resorted to laying down very strict rules which when i was around they followed, but tell-tale foot prints told me otherwise when my back was turned. :o)

1 Nov, 2009


I had the same problem once - I "ringfenced" the area with bamboo canes and string between them - it worked, kept the kids off.

1 Nov, 2009


the bamboo canes would be out in seconds and being used as 'horse jumps' in their little imaginations.

1 Nov, 2009


Well it worked for me with boys of 4 and 5!

1 Nov, 2009


it has been a problem for years , both girls were/are horse mad and any thing they could use to make play jumps for their imaginary horses was used. chairs, canes, hoe, rake you name it htey used it. and the little blighters never put them back.

1 Nov, 2009


He, he I very quickly grasped that sticks were verboten - they'd kill each other with them if left to their own devices, so long sticks of any kind were banned as toys on pain of death!

1 Nov, 2009


Ha ha ha... I'm glad it's not just me with a son who loves to make weapons of anything/everything!! Good idea about the bamboo, Bamboo. :-)

3 Nov, 2009

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