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How to Patch a Bare Spot With Seeds

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Seeding a bare spot requires a lot of follow up, primarily to ensure that the seeds and seedlings are kept moist until established, and that birds and other wildlife don’t poach the seed. An alternative—involving slightly more money and slightly less effort—is a lawn patch mix. These all-in-one products combine seed, a binder such as ground-up paper mixed with gel, and a starter fertilizer. Simply spread the mix over the bare spot after you’ve prepared the surface, and water regularly (some mixes don’t even require watering) until the new grass takes root.


  1. Repairing_Bare_Spots_09Identify the type of grass surrounding the dead spot or bare spot. If your local lawn and garden center carries a combination seed/fertilizer mixture containing that type of seed, use it (see previous page). If not, locate plain grass seed of that type from the store or a seed catalog.

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    Dig out the dead spot or remove a thin layer of dirt from the bare spot. Add a layer of compost or topsoil/compost mixture to the repair area so the top is slightly above the dirt level surrounding it.

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    Scatter the seed over the repair area, following the coverage rate recommended by the seed package. Spread a thin layer of compost over the seed. Correct compost coverage leaves some of the seed still visible. Water thoroughly.

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    Protect the repair area by staking it out with stakes and caution tape. Continue watering with the stakes in place until the new grass plants are well established.

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