How to Patch a Lawn with Seed
Time Required: Over 1 day
There are many things that can impact the health of your lawn, including drought, standing water, pets, foot traffic and a variety of accidents. Even the healthiest lawns need a little help now and then.
The best way to repair any problem areas is to patch them with seed. Here’s how.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.