How to Fix Dead Spots in Your Lawn

July 11, 2016

Hopefully your lawn has stayed lush and green so far this summer. But with family vacations and camping trips your lawn may have been left vulnerable. Or perhaps kids, pets, and pests have taken their toll on your lawn. If that hasn’t left your lawn damaged, the dry, unrelenting Utah heat may have! If for whatever reason you have brown or dead spots in your lawn, you don’t have to live with them. You can easily get those unfortunate patches up to speed with the rest of your lawn with three simple steps.

Prepare the Spot

Before you can get green, lush grass back you need to prepare the area. First you should completely remove the dead, damaged, or sick grass. If there are any weeds or other debris, like twigs or rocks, go ahead and remove those too. It’s also a good idea to continue clearing the area about 6 inches beyond the dead spot.

As if you were putting in new seed for your entire lawn, you want to prepare the soil. Till the ground about six inches deep, and continue to remove and debris you may come across. Mix in compost or manure before raking the ground smooth. Use your hands to press the ground smooth.

Plant new grass

Whether you decide to go with seed or sod, it’s time to put your new grass in! Whichever you decide, make sure you buy the correct type of grass to match the rest of your lawn. If you decide to use grass seed, scatter by hand and lightly scratch in the seed so it is near the surface. Sod will give you much faster results. Just cut the sod to fit the size of your bare patch and drop it in place. Make sure your sod doesn’t sit higher or lower than the rest of your lawn which can create problems when it comes time to mow. If it does, add or take away dirt underneath until it is level. Walk on the sod to make sure that the roots have good contact with the soil.

Food and water

Once you’ve put in your new sod or seed, be sure to give your fragile grass plenty of food and water. You should water new areas frequently until the roots take hold or seedlings develop, which is about one to four weeks. Then, water as needed with the rest of your lawn. While your new lawn is making itself at home, give it a good soaking to give the root system a nice long drink of water. This ensure the roots grow strong, deep and thick. With such a healthy spot you won’t have to worry about replacing it again or standing out against the rest of your lawn.

Another way to help your lawn stay healthy is to fertilize! A late summer treatment will be highly beneficial to your lawn by increasing the green color, improving root growth, increasing cell wall strength and encouraging new growth which will promote a thicker lawn! To get your lawn fertilized with excellent service and customer care call My All Green today!