Foot traffic and weather extremes like drought and flooding can damage your lawn, leading to patches of dead grass. Repair dead spots now for a lush lawn in spring, summer and fall.
This simple process requires just a single product, and depending upon the number of patches, not much of your time. Start with a grass seed product that combines seed, fertilizer and mulch like Pennington’s 1 Step Complete or Scott’s EZ Seed.
3 Steps to Repair Dead Patches in Your Lawn
1. Prepare the soil. Begin by removing thatch from the area of dead grass using a garden rake or hand rake. Once you get below the layer of thatch, rake the soil to loosen it for the seeds.
2. Spread the seed mixture. Following manufacturer’s instructions on the product, spread the product over the area, being careful not to overseed. The seeds will germinate best when daytime temperatures are between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the EZ Seed).
3. Gently water. With a garden hose and spray nozzle set to the gentlest setting, water deeply and thoroughly to give the seed the best possible start. When EZ Seed turns light brown, it needs additional water. Otherwise, keep moist for up to two weeks when germination occurs. Keep pets and people away from the seeded areas until the grass is restored.
Don’t mow the grass until your newly-germinated lawn is at least three inches high, and then just take the top third off to keep the roots growing strong.
Prevent problems in the future by addressing the cause of the dead patches. If foot traffic is problem, consider constructing a new paver or mulch pathway. Many pathway projects can be accomplished in just one weekend.
If you suspect that insects or fungi have damaged your lawn, consult The Home Depot’s Weed, Plant & Pest Problem Solver Tool to determine the culprit. A product like Black Flag Outdoor Insect Killer Plus rids your lawn of harmful insects and fungi and prevents the lawn diseases they cause.
Maybe the problem with your lawn isn’t just a few dead patches, but instead is weak, thin grass throughout the lawn. In that case, apply Scotts Turf Builder Thick’R Lawn Sun and Shade for thick, green grass. A single application with a spreader distributes the seed, fertilizer and soil improver that will revive your turf.