Patch and Repair — Spread Seed on Problem Spots Today

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2-4 hours

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Winter, kids and pets can leave your lawn looking battered and worn. Rather than planting new turf, patch the damaged spots. They will green up again in no time. 

Easy to use lawn patch products combine grass seed, fertilizer and mulch in the same bag. This makes the repair process simple and helps the brown quickly turn to green.

You should patch brown, yellow or bare spots when daytime temperatures average at least 70 degrees. This ensures rapid seed germination and immediate growth.   

Quick Tips for Patching and Repairing Lawns:

  1. Choose a lawn patch product that matches your lawn. If you know what kind of grass you have, select a patch product for the same variety. If you don’t have a clue, choose a grass that adapts well to a wide range of conditions or ask your Garden Center associate for assistance.
  2. Clean up the bare spots. Remove dead grass to reveal the soil surface, which is likely dense and compacted. If you have hard clay soil, press a spading fork into the soil as deeply as you can to enhance drainage. This mini-aeration helps promote root growth and allows water and nutrients to reach deep into the soil.
  3. Rake the soil to about 1” deep to soften the ground and make it easy for seedling roots to penetrate. Then rake the surface level.
  4. Apply the grass patch according to the package instructions. Once it’s evenly covered, press it down gently with your hand to set the seed more closely to the earth.
  5. Water by hand daily with a gentle rain nozzle. Repeat as often as necessary to keep the patch evenly damp. Seed should germinate in 7-10 days. If conditions are abnormally hot or windy, water more frequently to prevent the soil from drying out.
  6. While the patch is becoming established, don’t mow it. The mower will suck all the mulch and seedlings into your catcher, and you will have to start over.
  7. Once the patch is established, fertilize and mow as you would normally.

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