Dead Grass Spots - Knowledgebase Question

jacksonville, Fl
Question by phelanda
April 14, 2009
I have brown sandy grass spots that turn into mud patches when it rains preventing my 4yr old to go outside as much as he likes to be out there and I have a few ant piles so how do I fix this problem im not a garden or lawn person at all and im a single mom of three boys.I also like entertaining on my patio area thats leads to the outside.Help!!

Answer from NGA
April 14, 2009


You can overseed the bare patches in your lawn. Rake the soil, sprinkle some seeds over the bare areas and the cover the seeds with compost. The grass will sprout in 7-14 days. Ants can be a problem but with little children around you probably won't want to use chemicals. Try pouring boiling water over the mounds in the very early morning or late at night when all the ants are in the nest. Repeat this process several days in a row and the ants should pack up and leave. Best wishes with your landscape.

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