Bare Patches: Two Ways to Repair Your Lawn
Bare Patches Showing Their Ugly Faces
When surveying your lawn, you may see one or two bare patches. This can be caused by any number of things including heavy foot traffic, pest problems, pet urine, or, if you live in cooler climates, salt burn or snow mold. When attempting to repair these brown patches, you must first determine the cause of the damaged grass.
Determine the Root Cause
Detecting the root cause of the damage is very important. It is essential that you remove the source of the damage before you attempt to fix the bare spots. Check the spots carefully for telltale signs of grubs, heavy foot traffic, or disease. Target the problem and lower the chances of it recurring before you fix the patch. For more information on finding the root cause, TheSpruce has a great article about Diagnosing Dead Spots on Your Lawn.
Fix the Bare Patches
One of the solutions to fixing bare patches on your lawn is reseeding. Take a look at these step-by-step instructions to see if this solution fits your needs:
- Rake away any debris form the bare patches. Make sure there are no twigs, leaves, or pebbles in the area.
- Remove all the dead grass and its roots.
- Use a hand rake to break up the soil. If it is tightly compacted, you can use a manual aerator to ensure the soil has enough airflow.
- Mix in some loamy soil to ensure a healthy balance for the grass seeds.
- Even out the soil with your hand. Make sure it is level with the rest of the yard.
- Spread grass seed over the soil. Cover the soil evenly, but make sure the seeds are not piled.
- Mix the seed into the soil gently. Water the area thoroughly. Make sure the soil remains moist until seedlings have sprouted and germination has begun.
Though it seems like less work up front, it can take several weeks before the seed patch fully blends in with the rest of your lawn. This can be a big downside to the reseeding solution.
Alternatively, fixing bare patches with sod is simple to do and works much quicker than reseeding. It is also inexpensive due to the fact that one roll of sod can be used to fix several bare patches. You can order your sod HERE today. Here are the instructions for sod patching:
- Measure the bare patch and cut a piece of sod that is slightly larger.
- Remove all the grass from under the sod patch, including some of the healthy grass around the edges. Take a look at this blog to see why this step is so important.
- Dig out enough soil so that the sod is level with the rest of the grass.
- Loosen the soil with a hand rake and place the sod patch on the area.
- Compress the sod to the soil by walking on it or stamping it down. This will ensure good sod/soil contact and allow the roots to take hold of the soil faster.
- Water the sod immediately after laying. It will require regular water for the first number of days and gradually less after a couple weeks.
Choose the Right Patch for You!
Both reseeding and sod patching are excellent ways to fix bare patches on your lawn. Make sure you do sufficient research to determine which patch is best for your yard. Though sometimes it is necessary to replace the entire lawn, if your grass is only affected in a few spots, these repair methods just might come in handy!