While it can be avoidable, sometimes, home lawns are harmed after construction. When heavy tools are used, or a lot of materials were left unattended, post-construction can lead to various damages. Patches of grass might be missing. The soil might have turned uneven. Your plants might be affected.
You might think that you must pay to mend it, but you can repair your home’s green landscape on your own. Here are easy steps on how to fix a lawn after construction:
1. Evaluate the damages
Before you start, you need to check the state of your lawn. Identifying the main problems can help you prepare the proper materials and the right way to solve them. Check out your yard – was the damage done to the soil, to your plants, to trees? Was the topsoil removed or did bald patches of grass appear? What exactly caused the destruction – heavy equipment or construction materials? Learn about these problems and determine the root causes so that you can prevent this from happening again.
2. Clear your lawn.
The next thing you need to do is prepare the site. While you might want to start mending the soil or replacing the plants immediately, you’ll need to clear the place out first. Tidy it up first, but make sure that you aren’t harming the soil and damaged plants. After construction, debris might have been left on your lawn. If you start mending without clearing, it might just cause future harm for both the soil, plants, and trees on the site.
3. Prepare your soil.
Most of the time, the soil is the most destroyed portion of your lawn post-construction. Begin with a soil test and check which parts of the ground became uneven. You can either sketch it or keep it in mind. Once you determine the area of affected soil, you can purchase new soil. Use these to replace lost topsoil. When you set them, make sure to add an inch or two to the soil level. Level the added soil so that it won’t create uneven ground.
4. Place seeds or install sods.
There are two ways for you to grow back the grass on your lawn. You can either spread seed or install sods. If you choose the first method, you can start by buying grass seeds. Once you have them, spread them out evenly. Don’t forget to add lime and fertilizer so that the new grass can grow healthy.
If there are patches of damaged areas, you can opt to install sods instead. If the damage is minimal or concentrated and other parts of your lawn are still green and healthy, this might be the better option. Start by purchasing sod – but make sure that its grass has the same color as the ones that remain on your lawn. Once you have your sod, cut it, and install it on the soil. Make sure that you do it thoroughly so that it will stick.
5. Keep up with maintenance.
After doing the initial repair for your lawn, make sure that you keep up with your maintenance. It’s essential to water the grass daily because it might not end up growing if you leave it alone. Whether you use seed or sod as a replacement, you should water at least two times daily so that they won’t dry out or die out.
When your home’s yard and garden become damaged, you might think that it will be costly to repair. You might even just let it be. However, the steps on how to fix lawns after construction are easy. While it will take manual labor and a few hours, it will be worth it to see your lawn revitalized and healthy again.