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How to repair bald spots in your lawn

By: Garden Gate staff
Tired of looking at bald spots in your lawn? We'll show you exactly how and when to fix them.

Ready to fix those bald spots in your lawn? Late summer and early fall's cooling air and warm soil help new seed get off to a good start. Here's how:

Step one

Step one

Start by using a leaf rake to comb out any dead material and debris.

Step three

Step three

If your rake doesn’t scratch deep enough, repeatedly poke the area with a fork to expose more soil.

Step five

Step five

Then cover the seed with a thin layer of topsoil or compost before tamping the area with the back of a rake so the seed makes good contact with the soil.

Step two

Step two

Then find a garden rake, also called a “bow rake,” to bring some fresh soil up to the surface.

Step four

Step four

Following quantity instructions on the label, lightly sprinkle grass seed over the rough areas.

Step six

Step six

Add a few handfuls of straw and water in well. This final layer keeps seed in place, protecting it from washing out. The straw will help conserve moisture, too.

Step one

Step one

Start by using a leaf rake to comb out any dead material and debris.

Step two

Step two

Then find a garden rake, also called a “bow rake,” to bring some fresh soil up to the surface.

Step three

Step three

If your rake doesn’t scratch deep enough, repeatedly poke the area with a fork to expose more soil.

Step four

Step four

Following quantity instructions on the label, lightly sprinkle grass seed over the rough areas.

Step five

Step five

Then cover the seed with a thin layer of topsoil or compost before tamping the area with the back of a rake so the seed makes good contact with the soil.

Step six

Step six

Add a few handfuls of straw and water in well. This final layer keeps seed in place, protecting it from washing out. The straw will help conserve moisture, too.

Published: Feb. 28, 2018
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