We hate it when we get that random zit, especially when it sits right in the middle of our face or when it shows up on the day of a highly important event. But did you know that this may occur not just in humans but in lawns as well? Lawns can also have zit-like protrusions that are called lawn blisters. They are soft and if you lie on them you are most likely going to feel like you’re on a waterbed.
If it is the first time you’ve seen a lawn blister, you might be bothered by it, but do not worry because it is not something that you can’t solve. Also, even if lawn blisters may be “new” to many people, it is not as uncommon as you might think.
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What Are Lawn Blisters?
A lawn blister refers to a patch in your lawn that is raised due to the accumulation of water in the area. It is soft and it feels a lot like a waterbed.
What Causes Lawn Blisters?
Perhaps the most common cause of lawn blisters is accumulated water. When you are still starting your garden,
If ever there’s a broken water pipe under your lawn or if it has rained hard, chances are, all the water will not be drained by the soil right away, especially because the layers of the soil underneath are saturated. This will cause water to accumulate between the grass and the underlying layer of soil and the formation of a bubble-like protrusion.
Another possible cause of lawn bubbles or lawn blisters is the presence of natural gas.
How Do I Remove Lawn Blisters?
Even though the appearance of a lawn blister in your garden might come as a surprise to you, the truth is, lawn blisters are not that rare. They pop up often, particularly in golf courses. Also, you do not have to worry, because removing a lawn blister is pretty easy.
First, you have to find the source of the accumulated water. If it is a broken pipe, then, of course, you have to fix that first. If you fix something else without fixing the root cause, you will have to go back to square one soon enough.
Second, you can go and get one of your gardening tools and tear the bubble until its liquid contents spill out and it is completely drained. However, the issue with this method is that, even though it is easy, it has consequences on your lawn.
Since you’re hacking through your lawn through this lawn-bubble removal technique, it will damage your lawn, and it probably won’t be as beautiful as before. This will lead you to have to do some repairs. Thus, if you’re going to do this method, better make just a few tears--or one, if possible--so that you only have one tear to fix later on.
Is My Lawn at Risk of Developing Lawn Blisters?
This is quite a tough question to answer since it depends on a lot of factors such as the drainage of your lawn, the frequency of rain in your area, or the amount or durability of pipes under your lawn (broken pipes may also contribute to the development of lawn bubbles).
However, lawn blisters tend to develop golf courses.
How to Repair Tears On Your Lawn
Lawn blisters maybe something fun, especially if you have kids around since they are jiggly and they seem like natural trampolines, but for others, they may be bothersome, and sometimes the removal of these bubbles may even have inevitable consequences for your lawn.
If you tear your lawn in the process of removing a lawn blister, what are you supposed to do?
1. Consider going back to square one.
You can always patch up the tears, but if you do so, your lawn may no longer be as seamless as it was before the occurrence of the lawn blister. If you are willing to go the extra mile to revitalize your lawn, then it will probably be better if you remove all vegetation by spraying some glyphosate-containing herbicide and put a new turf.
2. Watering and feeding your brand new lawn.
Once you are done with the planting part, it is time to promote the growth of the grass. Of course, one way by which you can do this is by providing enough water and sunlight and applying some fertilizer.
During the first seven days after planting, make sure to keep the soil moist. Keep maintaining such conditions even until the grass has established itself on the soil a bit. However, be careful not to drown the grass--the amount of water you give must be just enough to provide moisture. Also, water the grass evenly. Having an automated irrigation system can be very helpful in ensuring that each inch of your lawn receives the same amount of water.
Apply fertilizer when the grass grows to about an inch.
3. Patch up the gaps.
This step is for when you choose not to go through the hassle of killing all the grass and growing new ones all over again.
To patch up the gaps left by the blister removal process, prepare the soil by removing all weeds in the area. Then mix 1 part seeds with 3 parts of soil. Spread the resulting mixture over the bare spot. After doing this, press the seeds slowly into the ground. Sprinkle just enough water to keep the spot moist.
One day, you just might wake up to find a giant ball-like figure poking out of your lawn. This is called a lawn blister. It is also known for several other names such as the grass bubble or lawn bubble. These are protrusions that form due to the trapping of water or gases underneath. It’s quite easy to remove, however, be careful because removing lawn blisters the wrong way might cause more damage to your lawn than you intend. But remember, there is nothing that can’t be fixed, so if ever you tear up your lawn in the process of removing a lawn blister, you surely can fix it.