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Looking for a way to take your gardening world to the next level?

However, getting started on repairing damaged patches of lawn can seem daunting if you’ve never done this before.

But don’t worry; we are here to help!

Adam Frost, on a recent episode of Gardeners’ World, revealed common mistakes, we make while repairing damaged patches of our lawn.

Adam explained to Gardeners’ World fans why his lawn was in desperate need of repair.

He said:

If you’re anything like me you’re coming out really engaging with the garden and noticing that the lawn maybe has a little bit of damage from last year.

We were out sort of one Sunday tea time and it was getting a bit cold so the kids sort of dragged the fire pit around here and we lit it while we were having a kick around on the lawn.

And actually it got a little bit hot. So it’s killed all the roots of this grass. So, what I’m going to do is just repair this little patch.

Adam further added:

First of all I’m going back into the decent turf just cutting a nice neat edge. It’s really easy then to take it out.

Using a fork, take the old turf off making sure that I’m leaving as much top soil as possible.

Just turn it all over to break up any compaction, so once I’ve broken it up what I’ve got is a little soil and compost mix and it’s just introducing some of that goodness back into the soil,” he revealed.

Adam began lightly raking over the soil, saying:

That’ll create me a lovely little seedbed.

So once that’s all prepped the next thing really is to sow the seed,” he added.

Adam then warned about a common mistake with lawn repair.

One of the things people do wrong with this is, you know if you’ve never done it before, is sow too much seed.

He continued explaining that most seed packets will have instructions detailing the right amount to use.

I’d probably go to about 20 grams per square meter. And when it comes to seed there’s lots of different types.

This is just a standard lawn mix with a reasonable amount of Ryegrass in it, but if you’ve got slightly shadier conditions then you can choose seed that suits those.

And if you want this instant, you could also do this with a little bit of turf and the preparation would more or less be the same.

Adam continued raking over the ground, explaining that he was working the seeds into the surface.

However, he said he was only doing this as it was a small patch, adding:

In reality, if you’re doing a big area of grass you probably wouldn’t go back over it all.

Adam explained that he’d need to give the seeds a lot of water over the next few weeks.

It has been a dry old start to the season.

Image Credit: iStock

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