Treating Your Lawn for Dead Spots

Nothing gets in the way of having the perfect lawn like a large spot of dead grass. Not only is this a major eyesore, but it can actually be unhealthy for the lawn around the dead spot. However, you don’t have to simply accept when a dead spot develops in your yard. Here is a step-by-step process for how you can treat your lawn for dead spots…

  1. Remove dead spots

First of all, you need to accept that there’s no bringing back a patch of dead grass once it is dead. Dead grass is notably different than dry grass, which has a yellow color that will return to green once it is treated. Dead grass, on the other hand, is a dingy grey-brown color, and can’t be brought back. For this reason, get rid of all of the dead grass and tear up the top level of the ground with it. This gives the new grass a fresh patch of soil to work with.

  1. Work the soil

When you have exposed the fresh patch of soil, it probably is a little stiff after sitting under a dead patch of grass. Hard soil isn’t very conducive for plants to grow in, and so you’ll want to break up the soil and make it nice and loose. Dig about three inches down and make sure the whole patch of soil is loose, and then mix in a little bit of organic compost to make sure that it will be nutritional for your new grass.

  1. Plant new seeds

At this point, it’s finally time to put the new grass into the patch. For this, pick a high-quality grass seed that is rated well for the climate that you live in. Once you have laid the seeds, work over the soil so that the seeds dig down and are under a quarter-inch of soil, but no more or less. After the seeds are worked in, pack the topsoil lightly so that it is compact.

  1. Use fertilizer

You don’t want your new grass to have patches that don’t grow, or else you’ll have to start this whole process over again (albeit with a smaller patch). To prevent this from happening, use fertilizer that is designed for grass over the new patch.

  1. Treat the patch

Once you have planted and fertilized the seeds, put a layer of mulch over the top of the soil, so that it is protected from threats that could ruin the seeds, such as wind, runoff water, or birds. Once the mulch is laid down, water the new patch and let it seep into the soil a couple of inches, and then wait for your beautiful new grass!