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How to fix lawn shrinkage gaps

saidandem
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How to fix lawn shrinkage gaps

Firstly this is my first post. Let me know if you need any other details that I missed to provide.

 

My lawn (Sir Walter Buffalo) is now 7 weeks old (instant lawn). From last few weeks I am noticing that the gaps between the turf slabs is increasing and the grass is turning brown on the edges. I am watering regularly (2 times a week, @25mins each time) and in between with some occasional rainfall ( I live in Melbourne Suburb).

Three weeks back I started aerating using Trojan All Steel Spiked Aerator.  And one week back I applied the fertilizer Seasol 2 x 2L Ready To Use Lawn Fertiliser.

 

In the pics it is not showing the exact gaps. The gaps are a bit wider than in the images. Can any of you please let me know how can I fix these gaps.

 

Thank you,

Sai.

 

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StevieB
Projects Editor
Projects Editor

Re: How to fix lawn shrinkage gaps

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @saidandem. It's great to have you join us.

 

@Adam_W shared a fantastic guide about detecting lawn problems and may be able to jump in and share his thoughts here. Our resident D.I.Y. experts @MitchellMc and @EricL will also be happy to help.

 

Stevie

 

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saidandem
Budding Contributor

Re: How to fix lawn shrinkage gaps

@StevieB  Thanks for your reply. The provided link is very helpful to get the basic information.

I believe @Adam_W , @MitchellMc  or @EricL will help me to address this specific issue.

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EricL
Bunnings Team Member
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Re: How to fix lawn shrinkage gaps

Hello @saidandem

 

I recommend increasing the number of times you water your new lawn from 2 to 4 times a week. Change your schedule and water only in the evening to prevent evaporation. The soil beneath the turf is sucking up the moisture from the turf slab. I suggest getting some Scotts Lawn Builder 25L Organic Lawn Soil Topdress & Underlay and filling in the gaps using a Saxon 14T Garden Rake. Once your turf has recovered you can then slowly decrease your watering schedule.

 

Let me tag our experienced member @Adam_W for his recommendations.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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saidandem
Budding Contributor

Re: How to fix lawn shrinkage gaps

@EricLThank you for the response. Will definitely do the things as per you suggestion and will update in this post once I get noticeable results.

Once again Thank you :smile:

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