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How Can I Fix Bare Spots on my Lawn?

by Laura
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Having a lush green lawn is one way to help make your home the pride of the neighborhood. We know achieving an enviable lawn is no easy task, so we have put together a few tips to help you treat one of the most common lawn problems out there - bare spots!
 
Bare spot causes can include:

  • Spilled weed killer
  • Not enough water
  • Too much fertilizer
  • Objects left on your lawn
  • Heavy foot traffic
  • Grubs
  • Shade
  • Dogs

Before you repair your lawn you need to determine why your lawn isn’t as green as it used to be in certain areas. You may need to alter traffic patterns on your grass, apply lawn treatments if insects or disease are the causes of discolored spots or plant a ground cover if shade is the issue. If you don’t diagnose the problem at the start, repairing the lawn will be a never ending task. 

Whatever the reason, repairing bare spots can easily be achieved in a few short weeks by following these steps:

Step 1 - Prepare The Soil
Use a garden rake, shovel or other garden tool to break up the soil. Add compost and a granular fertilizer like Southern States Lawn Food or CarpetMaker and work it into the soil. After you have worked the soil, smooth and level it out with the back of your rake.

There are two options for Step 2:

Use Seed to Repair
Sow seed in the freshly prepared soil. Make sure to use a seed variety compatible with your lawn. Cover seed with topsoil, straw or garden fabric to help protect the area and lock moisture in.

OR

Use Sod to Repair
Choose sod if you want immediate results. Cut a piece of sod to match the bare spot. Ensure it is level with existing grass and fits snugly.

Step 3 – Water and Watch it Grow
The key to success is water, water, water. Watering helps the germination process. Whether you used sod or seed, the lawn needs to stay moist. 

If you have questions or lessons you have learned about about lawn care, please share them below.

Categories: Lawn Care, How-To

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