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jbondo
jbondo Posts: 105 Forumite
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Hi,

So we're not gardeners at all and have no/little knowledge however would like to do our best to get the garden looking nice!
We've dug out several areas of the garden which had red ant hills/nests, now these are gone, we've filled in the holes with compost and grass seed.

The next issue is the grass in most of the garden looks like it's dead, Is there anyway to revive it using something like Miracle Grow 3-in-1 etc? Been watering the garden and it's not really improved at all!
Thanks in advance

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  • jbondo
    jbondo Posts: 105 Forumite
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    I've uploaded a picture to help with the OP,
  • Farway
    Farway Posts: 13,441 Forumite
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    That grass looks baked by the sun, with a visible green line where I assume shade is from fence maybe?

    Water, water & water, patience  & don't mow it and don't bother feeding it while it's in this state. A rain dance may help, but not on the grass :)
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  • twopenny
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    Yes, my front lawn which is actually in the cooler part is turning yellow and crunching when walked on. It's been so hot and dry. It will come back when it rains.
    Wondering how deep the soil is on the lawn. If it's not very that will make it turn yellow much quicker.
    Don't put any food on it while it's in this state. Wait for some rain and until you see it greening up again then you can buy some lawn feed.

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  • jbondo
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    Would it be safe to mow/Trim the thicker parts (Eg at the back?)
    Past 2 days have been REALLY watering it making sure it's WET! Previously I was just give it a quick water. Don't have any food yet as don't totally know what I'm looking for!
    The soil id deep in some places, several inches deep too.
  • roddydogs
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    Grass will revive, but no sign of rain, and a hosepipe ban looms. Look on the bright side no mowing.!

  • twopenny
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    Looks like it's just been neglected and this sun has scorched it.
    It may be that with so many ants nests, if they'd been there some time, they had tunnelled underneath leaving the roots dry. But that's just an educated guess failing anything else.
    It looks very much as though something has been left for a while on the grass. That would be a haven for ants and stop rain getting to the grass on a sunny lawn.
    Stop watering now or it will rot. Been there, done that. If you still want to fiddle with it stick a garden fork into it like pricking a sausage to improve the drainage or put in some thin stakes with a sheet of garden fleece (poundland) tied on a couple of feet above to give it some shade so there's less heat and water loss. You could make yourself a shady seating area while you're waiting for it to revive and kill 2 birds with one stone :)
    As said, as soon as there's rain it will come up again. Then you can give it some tender loving care.

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