Lawns are a huge part of curb appeal. A well-manicured lawn adds to your home’s value and is also an excellent place for your kids to play or your pets to run around. Lawn holes and dig spots appear due to multiple reasons like:
- Your kids or pets playing in the yard
- Burrowing animals like moles, voles, or gophers
- Normal wear and tear
- Poor drainage
Whatever the reason for the holes, they need to be filled as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Read on to understand the steps taken by pros to fill holes in lawns.
1. Identify the Type of Hole and Mow the Lawn
Two types of holes can appear in your lawn: craters and divots. Craters are small, bowl-shaped depressions usually caused by animals digging or burrowing. Divots, on the other hand, are shallow indentations that occur when a piece of turf is removed (usually due to heavy foot traffic).
To repair a hole in your lawn, you first need to identify the type of hole. Once you’ve done that, mow the area around the hole, so the grass is short. It will make it easier to work with.
Read more: How to Repair and Restore Damaged Lawn?
2. Scoop Out the Debris
Removing debris in the hole before adding new soil is crucial. It includes sticks, stones, roots, and anything else that doesn’t belong. Not only will this make it easier to fill the hole, but it will also help prevent further damage to your lawn.
Experts use a few different methods to clean out holes. One is to use a shovel to scoop out the debris. Another is to use a garden hose to wash everything out. Whichever method you choose, make sure the hole is completely clean before moving on.
3. Add Soil and Compress
Next, it’s time to fill the hole with new soil. You can use topsoil, potting soil, or even compost. Avoid using sand, as it won’t pack well and can wash away easily. Once enough soil is added to fill the hole, use a tamper or your foot to compress it. It will help prevent the hole from sinking or caving in later.
If you have a large hole, it’s best to fill it in layers and compress it after each one. It will help ensure that the hole is filled evenly and won’t collapse.
4. Mulch and Water the Area
Mulching involves spreading a layer of organic matter, such as wood chips or shredded leaves, over the topsoil. It helps to smother weeds and hold moisture in the ground. Water the area thoroughly after mulching.
It’s best to do this in early spring or fall when the temperature is moderate, and there’s plenty of rainfall. Wait until the ground is dry before mulching, and avoid doing it during droughts or heat waves.