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Patching Dead Grass Instructions

  • Patching Dead Grass

    Lack of water, too much water, too much thatch, insects, over fertilization or an over abundance of weeds can all play a factor in ruining your luscious lawn. The brown spots that result are easy to repair and your lawn can be back to normal in about three to four weeks.

  • Overview

    In order to properly repair your lawn, first determine the best course of action given the time of the year and the cause of the problem in the first place. Next, prepare the area, seed it, cover it from the sun and keep it watered.

  • Time of the Year

    The best time to reseed your lawn is in the fall because the seeds aren’t competing with weeds for nutrients. However, you will be able to patch lawns during the spring or summer as well. Spring is the next best season to reseed as there is plenty of moisture for new growth. If necessary, you can plant in the summer if you can keep the seeds constantly shaded and moist.

  • Choosing Seed

    Before tearing up the dead area, take a visit to your local garden center to purchase your seed and to find out which type of seed is best for your area. Let them know if the area is a sunny or shady as different grasses thrive under different conditions.

  • Defining the Problem

    Before reseeding your lawn, it’s important to figure out why the lawn died in the first place. Was it because of lack of water, too much water, too much thatch, insects, over-fertilizing or weeds? Once you have fixed the problem to keep it from happening again – you can reseed.

  • Lack of Water

    If the ground is not level, fill the area with dirt to level the ground. If the area is sloped there won’t be too much that you can do except to make sure that the area is watered more frequently with extra attention to the top of the slope, where the water will naturally gravitate away from.

  • Too much thatch

    Thatch is created by the accumulation of the dead grass clippings. If your thatch level is above 1/2” you’ll have to de-thatch your lawn. You can rent a de-thatcher or purchase a special blade that you can attach to your lawnmower.

  • Insects

    If you feel that your lawn problems are due to insects, you can pull back the grass between the dead area and the healthy area to find the insects. If you find an insect, put it in a glass jar and take it too the local garden center for advice on how to prevent the pest from further damaging your lawn.

  • Too much fertilizer

    Too much fertilizer will almost immediately burn out your grass. If this happens, your only choice is to wait until it decomposes, which you might be able to quicken by saturating your lawn with a significant amount of water. When spreading fertilizer, make sure to check the bag for settings that match your spreader so that you do not burn your lawn.

  • Weeds

    If your lawn is over run with weeds, you may need to replace the entire lawn. It’s best to catch the weeds before they spread by using weed killer in the early spring. There are some weed killers available that you can use during the summer as they attach directly to broad-leafed weeds. Use these products and allow them to disintegrate before trying to seed.

  • Preparing the Area

    Mow the surrounding grass so that the seed can reach the soil. Next, use a metal rake to remove all the dead grass. Use the metal rake to loosen up the soil about an inch so the roots of the new seed can grow easily. If you have hard clay soil, remove two to three inches and replace with topsoil. Use a leaf rake to level off the dirt.

  • Spread the Seed

    Use a hand held spreader to spread the seed. If the area is larger, use a broadcast spreader for even spreading by going in horizontal rows then vertical rows. Very lightly drag a leaf rake over the area to slightly cover the seeds with some dirt. Using a flat object, lightly tamp the area down.

  • Covering and Watering

    Use straw or peat moss to cover the area to protect the seeds from drying out and to maintain a warm temperature. Water the seeds up to three times a day to keep them adequately moist. Once the seeds have germinated (one to two weeks), reduce watering to once per day. Lightly fertilize after the grass has reached one inch and mow the lawn when the height reaches three inches.


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