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How to Patch Bare Spots on Your Lawn

Bare spots happen on almost every lawn, sometimes from heavy traffic that causes the soil to become compacted. Whatever the reason, if the spot is larger than about a foot wide, it's important to patch it.

How to Patch Bare Spots on Your Lawn

Weeds will quickly fill the space or a deep rut can develop if the soil erodes without grass to hold it in place. Luckily, fixing bare spots is easy.

Try to use the same mix of seeds planted in the surrounding area so the new growth will match what's already there; however, there are other things to take into consideration. If your bare spot is from traffic, patch it with a seed blend meant for high traffic areas. If the bare spot is in a shady spot under a tree, use a shade mix.

Follow these steps to patch your bare spot:


  • Remove any dead grass or weeds from the patch and lightly loosen the soil in the area.

  • Spread out the grass seeds according to package directions, evenly covering the entire area at the thickness stated.

  • Cover the grass seed very lightly with soil, no deeper than about one-quarter inch thick.

  • Lightly tamp down the soil on top of the grass seed. (Lightly!)

  • You can cover the patch with straw to keep the seeds in place.

  • Water lightly, and keep it damp until you see the new grass sprouting, which will happen within about two weeks. Make sure the area stays damp and moist.

  • Once the new grass gets growing, water it less often but for longer periods of time to encourage deep root growth.

  • Don't mow the new grass until it's about three inches tall (about three weeks' worth of growth).

  • Don't apply any weed killers until the grass is established, about two months after seeding.

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