Caring For High Traffic Areas Of Your Lawn
One of the fastest grass killers is foot traffic.
Whether it's you, your kids or your furry friends, the daily wear and tear of life can quickly result in distressed or dead patches in your lawn.
Here's an introduction to keeping the high traffic areas of your lawn looking fresh.
The most ideal way to handle high traffic area problems is to tackle them before they even start. This means observing what traffic patterns in your yard look like (where there might be a lack of sidewalk that causes people to cut corners across the grass, for example). You'll also want to do some strategic thinking ahead about seeding.
"The type of grass you should plant to withstand foot traffic depends on whether you live in a cool-season (northern U.S.), warm-season (southern U.S.) or transitional (mid-South) grass area," Tractor Supply says.
For cool season areas, they recommend fescue, Kentucky bluegrass or perennial ryegrass. For dry season regions, the suggestion is Zoysiagrass or Bermudagrass. If you want a durable year round grass type, buffalograss might be right for you.
Once you start noticing some areas of your lawn that are getting heavier than usual traffic, there are some ways you can help your grass stay strong under pressure.
First, you might want to consider aerating. "Heavy traffic compacts soil, which crushes air pockets and prevents oxygen, nutrients, and water from circulating through it," GE Landscape Supply explains.
Aerating can be done on your own with a rake or by renting a punch core aerator, but the most effective aeration comes from a professional.
Find out how North Texas Lawns' services might be able to help with that.
Another crucial part of maintenance is simply thinking through what changes you can make to traffic patterns. If your pets are the culprits, consider keeping them in other areas of the yard for a while. Vary your foot traffic patterns, encouraging visitors to use the sidewalk wherever possible. Find storage options for heavy objects that are off the grass.
If your lawn is already noticeably damaged and suffering from bald spots, it's time for some serious repair efforts.
Lowes suggests that your best option is to plant new grass in the worn spots. This can be done through seeding and fertilizing, or by planting sodd if you want new grass there immediately. Whichever method you use, make sure to water and feed your newly repaired lawn often while the grass takes root.
If you're finding that, despite good maintenance practices and frequent repairs, your lawn is still consistently wearing out in the same places, it might be time to consider putting in a new sidewalk, gravel or a stepping stone pathway to direct traffic flow and keep your grass healthy.
Even with taking the best precautionary measures, every lawn needs a little extra help sometimes. Find out more about North Texas Lawns care and maintenance services.
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