Bare patches in an otherwise full, healthy lawn may be the result of pet urine, heavy foot traffic, infestations by grubs or other pests, or a variety of other causes.Professional recommendations for sodding a full yard are similar as for seeding—early fall for cool-season grasses, late summer for cool-season grasses, but if you are simply cutting patches for bare spots, you'll likely succeed during most of the growing season, provided you keep the sod patch moist while it is taking hold.Remember that sod supplies at garden centers are seasonal in many regions, so don't wait too long.If you live in a zone where hard frost arrives in early December, for example, it would be best to plant sod patches no later than mid-October.Its drawback is that it will take several weeks for the patch to be mowable, and as much as six months for it to fully blend into the rest of your lawn.A quicker method than seeding is to fill the bare spot with a patch cut from a roll of grass sod.If the damaged patch of lawn pulls up easily, like a rug being lifted, you may have a grub problem that needs correcting.This simple manual tool cuts aeration holes in the soil when you drive it into the ground with your foot.Turn the rake upside down and use the top edge to even out the surface, spreading some of the topdressing into the adjacent areas.Some grass seed products marketed as "one step" have a very weak starter fertilizer and compost already mixed in.And some contain a mixture of recycled paper material designed to keep the seeds in place and absorb moisture as they germinate.There is nothing wrong with these products, but you can patch bare areas just as effectively—and more economically—with plain grass seed.Your patch area will require light watering daily—or perhaps even twice daily—for the first 10 days or so, until the seeds germinate and sprout.Some seed manufacturers suggest waiting a full seven weeks before mowing new grass.The patch should extend 2 inches or so beyond the edges of the bare spot into the healthy grass area.Use a sharp shovel or garden knife to "trace" around the sod patch into the healthy lawn around the bare spot.Remove a layer of soil below the grass: The goal is to dig down slightly so that the sod patch will sit down at the same level as the rest of your lawn. .
How to Repair Patchy Spots in Your Lawn
Keeping a lawn in tip-top shape often means applying an organic fertilizer twice a year, aerating periodically to discourage thatch buildup and soil compaction, watering regularly, and properly mowing it.Remove the clippings in the area to be repaired so the seed will have direct contact with the soil.loosen up matted turf and debris with rake Credit: Brie Passano.This, and the stubble of the freshly mown grass, will make a good seedbed for the new seed you're adding to the lawn repair area.Cover seeds with a light sprinkling of topsoil or a thin layer of compost.You can also use a lawn repair mix ($15, The Home Depot) that includes grass seed and mulch or soil, and just sprinkle that on top of the bare patch.add layer of topsoil above grass seed Credit: Brie Passano.Spread a thin layer of topsoil or straw over the lawn repair area that you've just patched with seed.A constant supply of moisture is the key to good germination for a repaired lawn. .
How to Fix Dead Patches and Fill Bare Spots in the Lawn • GreenView
Patchy dead spots can come from all sorts of directions, including fungal diseases such as brown patch and rust, animal digging, grub damage, dog urine and plain, old heat and drought.Grass seed germinates well in the cooler, more damp conditions that surround us in the fall.Taking the extra time in September and October to revitalize your grass will have your yard looking fresh and lush, and will have your neighbors asking for lawn advice come spring.Get new growth off to a good start by scattering a small amount of lawn fertilizer specially formulated for new grass.GreenView Fairway Formula Seeding Success is a starter fertilizer incorporated into bits of paper mulch.The paper mulch disintegrates on its own, saving the step of raking once the grass seed germinates. .
How to repair thinning grass, patches and holes in your lawn
● Rake away any clippings, stones or debris from the patchy section and to loosen the soil.● Use a quick release fertiliser to speed up the growth of the new grass, applying at a rate of 70g per m2 and watering in until dissolved.● Water the area daily for the first six weeks after sowing - if there is prolonged rainfall you can avoid doing this.If your grass is thinning slightly, you may be able to thicken it up with a fast acting nitrogen rich fertiliser. .
How to Patch a Lawn With Grass Seed
Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Requires a minimal amount of hand excavation Cost $40 to $80 for an average-size lawn patch Estimated Time 2 to 4 hours.In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor patch a lawn with grass seed.Use a grub hoe to remove the damaged grass and weeds, but leave the topsoil.Use a steel edger to cut a clean border between the damaged area and the healthy lawn.Sprinkle grass seed over the area, applying it ⅛ inch thick.When it comes time to mow the newly seeded lawn, adjust the mower height to remove no more than one third of the grass. .
Lawn Care: How to Repair a Lawn (DIY)
Introduction With a combination of soil additives, fertilizers, and tender, loving care, you can change your lawn from scraggly to golf-course green in one season.And you don’t have to pay big bucks for a lawn service to douse your yard with chemicals either.In this story, we’ll show you what to do in the spring, summer and fall to get a grass lawn so nice you could cut it up and sell it as sod. .