How to repair a lawn

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Greg Peker

Greg Peker

An Expert in Sodding, Gardening & Landscape.

Keeping your lawn in pristine condition requires ongoing maitenanc, weeding, applying fertizilier and aerating once in a while to prevent thatch building up. Even with all of this, you, you can still end up with bare patches. It’s a real eye sore, but any homeowner has the ability to make those bald spots disappear.

In this article, we’ll go over the simplest ways to fix dead grass to return your lawn into its lush and healthy-looking state. Also, the trusted lawn patch repair experts at Niko’s Gardening reveal their top tips to make sure your grass lasts a long time.

What You Need

Equipment & Tools:

  • Lawnmower
  • Seed spreader
  • Lawn roller (optional)
  • Garden rake
  • Hand cultivator
  • Core aerator (optional)
  • Reflective tape or pinwheels (optional)
  • Spade or garden shovel
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  • Grass seed
  • Topsoil or compost (optional)
  • Water
  • Grass seed or sod
  • Stakes (optional)
  • Burlap or wheat straw

Lawn Patch Repair with Seed

If you want a lush lawn that’s easy and inexpensive to grow, you can implement seeding techniques to fix patchy grass. Installing grass seed is a 20-minute process that any homeowner can pull off. But you’ll need to take care to water and protect the seeds at least until the first mowing. The downside of seeding is the time it takes to grow: seven weeks until you can mow it and possibly six months for it to match the rest of your lawn.

Step 1) Rake the Lawn

Take your garden rake and run it across the bare soil to loosen everything up. You’re making a seedbed that will help your grass seed grow a healthy root system faster. Ensure that you’ve raked the soil level and smooth as possible.

Step 2) Spread the Seed

Generously spread your grass seeds across the bare patch of lawn. Read the bags carefully and choose a seed that’s good for growing where you live and how much sun or shade you’re getting in the repair area. On top of that, add a light layer of compost or topsoil. Use your hose nozzle’s gentle setting to water the area. Keep watering the seed as necessary. Don’t mow the grass until it grows to three inches high.

Lawn Patch Repair with Sod

Even easier than seeding is sodding. Sod is the guaranteed quickest way to patch a bare spot on your lawn. The process begins the same way by using a rake to rough up the soil. However, this time, you’re going to keep the repair area about an inch below the rest of your lawn so the sod will be level with the rest of your yard. Cut a piece of sod that fits your repair area and firmly press it into the ground. Walking on it a few times works the best. Water often, at least 2-3 times a day in the beginning, until you’re sure that roots are growing and the sod is sturdily attached.

Lawn Repair Tips

When seeding your lawn, you can increase your chances for success if you lay straw or a light layer of topsoil on top of the seeds. This protects them from being blown or washed away. Straw or topsoil can also help you keep soil moist long enough for the seeds to germinate.

Whether you choose sodding or seeding is up to you, but lawn patch repair is within your reach! Niko’s Gardening experts know how to fix dead grass. For more lawn repair tips and scheduled lawn maintenance services, contact Niko’s Gardening now to book your free consultation.

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