We've recently bought our first home and I'm slowly getting in to the garden. I have a lot to learn, so starting small - amongst some basic composting and herb growing I'm also trying to fix our lawn.
I'd love a nice healthy lawn, but it currently looks like this:
The first photo is the sunny part of the lawn, and the second photo is the shady part. Obviously, the sunny part is looking a lot nicer, but does still have some bare patches.
We live in Melbourne, Australia - fairly unpredictable weather but generally cool apart from summer when we do get some hot days. So far, I've been watering the entire lawn regularly, and bought some PatchMagic (https://www.scottsaustralia.com.au/lawn-builder/patch-magic/) because it looked pretty difficult to get wrong.
The part where I used it to test is along the bottom of the second photo. It hasn't helped much but there have been some some tiny patches growing here and there. There have also been some new patches growing up along the left of the second photo.
I've been mowing - mainly in the sunny part - every few weeks or so, whenever the lawn starts to look a bit longer.
So I guess there's a few questions here:
- How long should I be waiting to see results, before deciding that what I'm doing isn't working?
- Should I even be trying in the shady area? Should I instead be looking into alternative uses of this part of the lawn and/or getting rid of the tree that's causing the shade?
- Is there a better product I could be using rather than something that markets that it grows on concrete?