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How to Patch a Lawn with Seed

Prepare soil - How to Patch a Lawn with Seed
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and damaged grass, enlarging the area about 6 inches beyond the problem spot.
  • Prepare the soil as thoroughly as you would if you were replanting a new lawn.
  • Turn the soil over to a depth of 6 inches and remove any roots or rocks.
  • Add some compost or well-rotted manure and mix well into the soil.
  • Smooth over with a ground rake and lightly tamp the soil with your hands.
Sow seeds - How to Patch a Lawn with Seed
  • Sow seed at the rate recommended on the package and scatter by hand or with a spreader.
  • Rake to cover with a thin layer of soil.
  • Cover the seed with a light layer of wheat straw.
Patch with sod - How to Patch a Lawn with Seed
  • Cut the sod to fit the size and shape of the patch. Position a small piece on the patch.
  • If the sod seems higher than the surrounding lawn, remove a little soil out of the patch, smooth, and try again.
  • Walk gently on top of the area to make sure that the sod roots have good contact with the soil.
Water lawn - How to Patch a Lawn with Seed
  • Gently water new seeds with the mist attachment of a sprayer or a gentle sprinkler.
  • Water sod with a more powerful spray.
  • Both seeds and sod need to be soaked to a depth of 4 inches the first day, followed by daily, or even twice daily, watering until well-established.