Many lawns suffered in the heatwave of 2018 which wasn’t helped by the late, cold and wet end to the winter which dragged on into spring. This results in lots of cases with lawns that have bare patches which have not recovered. The reasons for this are many and we do need to have a look to diagnose why and suggest remedial action. However, one to the more deep-rooted reasons is a phenomenon called (rather boringly named) “Dry Patch”.
There is a significant and wide ranging community of experts who have spent many years studying the complex mechanisms of life within soil. It is suggested that there are upwards of 100 million different types of organisms within soil and all of them operate in a complex biological relationship. So how is the lay person supposed to get to grips with all this complexity? Basically, they do not have to!
During last summer after a very dry spring, many lawns were blighted by dry patches where the grass plants appeared to have died out. We looked at many areas where overseeding had been tried but to no effect.
The main reason for these patches was a phenomenon known as “dry patch”. Dry patches are partly caused by the presence of waxy resins which are caused by naturally occurring soil fungi…