There are many ways your lawn can get holes or ruts. Maybe the kids decided to jump in puddles…or pooch decided to dig a little…or maybe the people laying sod didn’t do such a great job of filling the seams. Whatever the cause, having them creates an eyesore, plus a hazard.
The good news is that it is relatively easy to fill those holes and ruts in your lawn. Here are a few tips:
Assess Size of Hole
There’s a difference between how you should handle a small hole or divot and a larger sunken patch. If a larger sunken patch that has grass growing on it, then the strategy is to “lift” the top layer — including the grass — and fill in underneath, before laying the grass back on top. But if we are tackling a small hole, without grass already growing, then we simply fill in the hole, as outlined in the rest of this article. For bigger holes, with no grass growing, consider laying sod or reseeding.
Fill at the Right Time
The best time to fill holes is when your grass is naturally growing the quickest. For most grass types, this is during late spring, around May-ish. During this time, most of the US get plenty of rain and sunshine to accommodate rapid growth of the grass.
Choose a Fill
The best type of fill, for most of the US, is a blend of planter or top soil, sand and compost. This mixture gives a good blend of nutrients, plus helps retain moisture. If you are tackling several holes, ruts or divots in your lawn, consider mixing this blend in a wheel barrow and moving from spot-to-spot.
When adding the fill mixture. Lightly grade the spot, so that it levels with the edges of the hole. But be sure not to heavily compress the soil because this will make it more difficult for grass to grow.
Manage & Maintain
For small holes, the surrounding grass will start filling in the new soil quickly. (This is why is advisable to fill holes in late spring.) For larger holes, it might be necessary to add seed to help the process along. Either way, it’s important to keep the areas well watered. It’s also possible that you might need to add an extra layer of the soil, sand and compost mix, if the original fill settles lower.
Good luck and drop us a note, if you have any questions.