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Replanting Grass (total newbie)

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Grassisgreener08, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Grassisgreener08

    Grassisgreener08 Apprentice Gardener

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    So I found a dead mouse in the garden on a patch of grass inside the gazebo I have. I left the mouse for a day not expecting serious rot in only day. Unbelievably there was. maggots, flies etc. I got rid of it- put chemicals to neutralise the bacteria and kill maggots then after a couple of days dug out the grass in that area- leaving just a patch of soil not very deep.
    How do I plant new grass back? Of the same type as the surrounding grass please- how do I find out what kind of grass seed I need when I wasn't the one who planted this garden?
    Cheers, GiG08
     
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    Welcome to the forum :)

    If it's only a tiny area I suggest you dig up patches/strips of grass from elsewhere on your lawn, e.g. lawn edges - you can trim off an inch wide strip without noticing and maybe even straighten up any wiggly edges. Replant in strips in the bald area, you will get an exact match. You don't need to fill the complete bald area, it will soon knit together if you apply plenty of water (assuming you are in the UK and suffering with lack of rain).
     
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    Grassisgreener08 Apprentice Gardener

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    By trim you mean use a lawnmower to cut grass from the edges and then dump that cut grass onto the soil?
    But won’t that grass be loose still?
    I have no idea about any of this- sorry if I sound real stupid...
     
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      Not what he meant. If you are edging the flower beds and cutting a hunk out of the grass to create a neat line, you will have little pieces od sod. Call it a divot from the edge.

      Next time just remove the dead things right away and hose down. When dry, spray with peroxide. The kind you use on cuts. That should give you peace of mind. :)
       
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        As Lori said I mean you need to dig up small chucks of grass with a bit of soil and roots from the edges. Use a spade and dig / cut about an inch wide.

        Here is an image I googled giving you an idea of what I meant:

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          Imagine cutting slices off a turf you could buy in the garden centre, the turf has grass shoots (the green stuff) and roots in the brown soil. They are complete grass plants and will grow once placed on a bare soil surface. What I am saying is that a turf bought from a Garden Centre will not match you existing lawn, so cut off mini turfs from the edges of your lawn:
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            and lovely toenails you have too @JWK :)
             
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              Ok I see what you all mean thanks- but once I place the sod on the soil patch- will it be solid after a week and be like nothing was dug out in the first place- how long will it take to be properly rooted in?

              1) what to do about the new soil which has appeared around the edges?
              2)I used diluted bleach instea of peroxide- is that ok?
               

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