There is so much about a beautiful garden that many people do not know about. A beautiful garden or lawn has some days when the farmer has to input some extra efforts. Some of those extra efforts are not because of the routine farming practices, often time they are because of annoying bald spots in the garden or lawn
Baldness or bareness is a part of having a perfect garden; during winter, things dry up, and when the phase is over, what is left is the bareness. The bareness’s effect might seem pretty normal until erosion becomes a thing, and the bare portions become a waterlogged area affecting the beautiful sight that your garden has.
The process of replenishing a bare portion could seem like an arduous task, but it pays up in the end, especially for gardeners and farmers who do not like their garden looking uncared for.
REASONS FOR BARENESS IN THE LAWN
Everyone relates bareness in lawns and gardens to environmental factors, the best example being winter times, but the reason for bareness in gardens could be more than just environmental factors. To mention some of the other reasons for bareness in the lawn would include:
- PET URINE: Many people have this notion that the defecates of pets could make some sort of manure for their lawn, hence, from time in and out, they allow them to go right ahead to defecate there. While this might seem harmless on the lighter aspect, the urine of pets have chlorine and it could harm those plants a great deal. Hence, the bareness that is evident in the lawn.
- EXCESSIVE WORKING OVER LAWNS: It is always an amazing sight when one sees a lawn that is all green and well taken care of, but when those green portions are trodden upon repeatedly, it makes the plants weak and then they eventually die, hence the reason for carcasses in those slight and scattered portions over the lawn.
- PESTS: Pests are a normal phenomenon with green plants, and for a lawn, they could easily infest a portion since the planting style is not done in rotation. This is the more reason why there is sometimes some bareness in the lawn.
STEPS TO REPLENISH A BARE GROUND
The bare portion of the farmland is an area that would end up accommodating debris and carcasses because they are the dead parts of plants. The first and major step towards correcting the bareness on your farmland is to clear out all of those carcasses and debris in the affected area. The core reason for this is to ensure that you plant in new greens and that greens are not affected by what is in the bare ground.
The next step that needs to be carried out after the carcasses have been removed is to ensure that the soil is broken down because it would already be hard. The reason for this is to repair and prepare the soil for another planting phase. What you need to do at this point is to ensure that you find the best aeration mechanism so that the soil does not get destroyed.
When the soil is well aerated, the next step to carry out would be to bring in new soil; in this wise, the loamy soil is the best option. This would be mixed with the already aerated soil in readiness for planting.
In other that you get the best result out of this process, you might want to plant the same kind of crop or plant like the one in the garden already. This way, there would be equilibrium with the rest of the garden. Just in case you are still in a dilemma regarding what kind of plant you would plant in the bald region, you might want to consider planting clover- the nitrogen gathering mechanism of this plant would aid in a fastened growth rate.
There are times when you feel that the plants’ growth in the bald region is a little on the stunted side. In this situation, you need to make sure that you buy fertilizers that are adaptable to new plants.
Watering and allowing your plants to gain access to sunlight is also very fundamental in this situation.
N.B: If the affected region is a large garden area, you might want to try making use of the seed blanket which aids in keeping seeds together. This is mainly so that your seeds do not wash away in the event of a windy rainfall.
A QUICKER METHOD TO PATCHING LAWN AND GARDEN BARENESS
Often time, many gardeners do like to wait for the timing in which it takes seeds to grow and fill up the bare space; this is the reason why they prefer to go for a quick alternative where the option is open. In the case of lawn bareness, what needs to be done is to make sure that select grown grasses are cut into stems that could germinate. From the process of cutting, it is clear that the aim is to start a regrowth process, even as the cut stem dies.
Before the planting of the cut grasses, the first thing to do is to make sure that you use a hand spade or shovel to dig out the soil underneath the bare portion. The reason for this is so that you input the base of the stem into the moist part of the soil then cover up back so that the grasses are at the level of the healthy plants in the lawn or garden.
If what were planted into the soil were grasses, the best bet is to step over it at intervals in other to compress it into the soil. The aim of this is not to create another bareness, but to compress and ensure that the plant gets water immediately after. This step would require a total of seven days to yield expected results.