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Repairing Bare Spots in Your Lawn

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Bare spots are one of the most common afflictions in older lawns. Over time, foot traffic tends to follow the same path, wearing out the grass and compacting the soil in particular spots. Pets are also creatures of habit and they tend to do their business in the same place repeatedly. Certain diseases can also lead to a bald patch, as can incidental trauma, such as a burn from spilled fertilizer or gasoline. With so many potential causes, it’s a wonder that more lawns aren't suffering from bare spots!

Fixing these eyesores begins with solving whatever the cause might be. Then it’s just a matter of bringing life back to the area, a process that is helped by the lawn growth around the patch. Create a favorable environment with seed or sod, and the surrounding grass will look to move in as well.

There are three ways to patch bare spots depending on the condition of grass and time and commitment you have to give the project.

1. Patch a Bare Spot With Seed


2. Patch a Bare Spot With Sod


3. Patch a Bare Spot With Seed/Fertilizer Mix

Patching bare spots works best if you do it at the beginning of new lawn growth. Repair bare spots in the late summer for cool-season grasses, and in late spring for warm-season species. Either way, always water well whether you’re planting sod or seed. Every day for a week is a good baseline (if there has been no rain) and continue watering until you’re sure the patch is completely established.

Repairing Bare Spots in your Lawn