Need Some ideas About Lawn Improvement for Exercise/Walking?



Two months ago, I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a foot disease to be precise. The doctor has advised me to do some specific exercises early morning in your backyard or lawn. Now, the problem is with the lawn I have. It is very dry, barren and uneven. It will not be good for exercise and maybe it could worse the situation. I want to ask what steps should I take to improve the lawn. Is there anything I can do myself to at least restore my lawn surface? Need some less expensive improvement ideas from you guys. Thanks

q need some ideas about lawn improvement for exercise walking
  18 answers
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 16, 2021

    So sorry to hear that Richard. This article will give you a whole bunch of tips to even out your lawn - Hope you come right and wishing you a speedy recovery

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 16, 2021

    Here are some things you can do to your lawn:

    This is pretty painful, I had the same condition a few years back and am wishing you the best.

  • It will take some work, but it can be done. Here's a link:

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 16, 2021

    Hi, Water Feed and Mow the lawn. or Water Sprinkle Lawn seed and keep your fingers crossed for rain! OR Call in someone to relay your lawn with new turf. PS. Plantar Fasciitis is not a disease but a condition. I had it myself and can be helped by having an injection into the foot (Painful but worth it)!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 16, 2021

    Hello. Great question. In our class as we learn the first thing you should do for lawn remediation is a soil test. It is important to know what type of soil you’re dealing with before you start amending the soil with chemicals and attempted to place seeds.

    Your local Cooperative extension is a very helpful resource the master gardeners in your area volunteers ready and waiting to ask answer your questions and needs. I would suggest contacting them directly.

    Here’s a link about soil testing. I think in our area it cost about seven or eight dollars and it is sent directly to our local university a detailed analysis report will be sent directly to you to tell you what your soil needs for optimal growth. It may be something worth considering. Throwing chemicals on your lawn without knowing what it needs might be very ineffective and wasteful.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 16, 2021

    I'm so sorry you're having foot problems! Before doing anything (if it were me), I would call the doc's office and ask them to explain precisely WHY they want you walking on grass. Explain the situation with the yard and ask if there is an at-home alternative. This may give a different option that won't involve so much time, energy, and money to put in place. Especially with an injured foot!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 16, 2021

    Have topsoil hauled in and level it out. Then put down seed or sod. Wrong time of the year most likely.

    On another note, I have issues with plantar fasciitis and I keep a softball on the floor at my desk. I roll my bare foot around on it and it really relieves the tension. Also, I switched to all orthotic shoes.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 16, 2021

    sounds like redoing your lawn is an expensive and hard work plan- why not go to a park to do your exercise? or try a flat surface ? I have suffered from plantar fascitis for many years and here are the exercises I do

    also you need good shoes for support try they really help

  • Dee Dee on Aug 16, 2021

    I know you asked about your lawn, but I had PF and my doc recommended these heel cups for shoes and slippers. Everything Track and Field M-F Heel Cup Protectors from Amazon. That along with a night brace for a month made my PF disappear. I wear the heel cups in all my shoes.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 16, 2021

    • I know you asked about the lawn, but it is very important to use a heel cup that you can buy on Amazon. The plastic heel cup protectors provide comfort and protection and relieve heel and lower leg pain for jumpers, hurdlers, runners, and walkers.
    • MF Heel Protectors are lightweight, but they absorb blows and will not fall apart or deteriorate after constant use.
    • The material is exceptionally strong, very pliable, and ultra thin
    • Fits comfortably around the heel – can be worn over or under a sock
    • Regular size for adults – fits 96% of adults (Red Star on heel) It is a hard plastic. My doc recommended these years ago along with a night leg brace. Within a month my PF was gone. I had one bout there after and used the brace. Worked like a charm. You cannot find these hard heel cups in any store. I swear by them and have them in boots, slippers and sneekers.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 16, 2021

    If this was me first thing would be to level the area. I have bad balance and need to have solid ground under me at all times.

    A guy across the street used his riding lawn mower to help level a businesses parking area. He rigged up a heavy flat chunk of metal and drug that back and forth over about a weeks worth of time. I thought he was nuts at first but his work paid off. The parking area is nice and flat. It turned out so well that he leveled the ground completely around the building.

    If you have a rototiller til the ground up first so you can work with it and it if you don't consider renting one.

  • William William on Aug 16, 2021

    One of my co workers has PF and was able to get special shoe inserts fitted. They were expensive but insurance covered 2/3 rds of the cost. Now for the lawn. Mow the lawn first. Then rake the lawn to remove any dead grass. Use a little force while raking to loosen the soil in the bare spots. Then get bags of topsoil and spread it in the bare spots and low spots to level the area. Then overseed the bare and low spots with grass seed and rake the seed into the soil. Water every two days.

    Restoring grass to bare spots on your lawn caused by dog urine, piles of leaves or objects remaining on the grass too long can best be accomplished by overseeding. Here are a few steps to ensure the best results for your efforts.

    Start by raking away the leaves, dead grass or thatch to expose bare soil wherever the turf has completely died. Grass seeds need to be in contact with earth before they will grow.

    Overseed the spots with grass seed and rake lightly to put the seed in direct contact with the soil.

    Apply more soil on top. Spreading it out until it is about 1/4-inch thick.

    Give the newly-seed area a good watering with a sprinkler and continue watering daily until the new grass is established.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 17, 2021

    Hi Richard: So sorry to hear of your condition. A quick fix would be to re-sod the bare areas. But, that would be a pain in the neck. The only thing I can suggest is to put down some fast growing seed like Scotts Turf Builder Rapid Grass. Here's their site: If you scroll down, you can see the reviews. In the meantime, while it's growing, maybe you can do your exercises on a throw rug outside.

  • Annie Annie on Aug 19, 2021

    I would recomend a lawn care professional to come take a look. May be as simple as re seeding, but may require alot more work to get it in good shape...

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 22, 2021

    I would use Weed n Feed on it. Rake out the dead stuff. Water every day. Mix soil and grass seed for the barren areas. You will be surprised how the grass will fill in as the weeds die. If the soil is real compacted, you might want to have someone aerated the yard.

  • Sorry about your foot, I do hope the exercises help. We have had rough spots in the lawn over the years. We rake, add topsoil to the areas where it's uneven and then seed. If there are a lot of spots or it's quite uneven, you might consider having some a yard of topsoil delivered. However, like the others have said, it's not an easy job, if it's really uneven, it can be laborious. Sod is another option, but it's expensive.

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 11, 2021

    Hi Richard, it is pretty easy to level the lawn and overseed it to make it more lush, here is a video that shows how to level the lawn first.

    After it's leveled you can add a layer of peat moss, then seed, then a layer of black dirt, then some seed and peat on top of that, they are just thin layers that barely cover the seed, water it daily and you will see some wonderful results.