Even the most well-kept lawns are susceptible to dead patches. You know, the brown bald spots that freckle your otherwise lush, perfectly landscaped lawn. They can be the result of dry, hot climates, rocky soil, grubs, and compaction. So, how do you get rid of them?
To be clear, receding is what your hairline does everytime a new dry patch pops up on your lawn. Reseeding is the process of planting new grass in the bald spots, and it’s fairly simple.
Here’s how to save your lawn and your hairline:
Rake & Break
Use a garden rake to clear out the area. Debris and dead grass will inhibit new growth. Raking over these dead patches also loosens the dirt and prepares the soil for planting new seeds. If the dirt seems very dry or hard, mix in some compost before moving on to step two. You don’t want to set new grass seed up for failure by tossing it into poor soil!
Sprinkle, scatter, or toss.
Whatever your preferred method, distribute new grass seed across the dirt patches, being sure to cover the ground evenly and thoroughly.
Rake, rattle, and roll.
Use the rake, your feet, or a sod roller to gently mix and press the new seed into the dirt. Just enough to make sure the seed gets good contact with the soil. You want it to stay put without being pressed too deep.
Water & shade.
Water lightly throughout the day. If you can, water it in the morning and check the ground in the evening. You want to keep the ground moist without over watering the new grass seed or letting it dry out in the heat. If you live in a particularly hot, dry climate, newly seeded areas may need a little more TLC than plain water. You can shade the newly seeded areas with burlap until they’re at least a couple inches tall.
Mow Around It
Let the reseeded patches in your lawn reach at least 4 inches in height before you mow them, or you’ll risk having the same dry patches all over again! As they grow, they’ll probably be a different shade of green than the rest of your lawn, but don’t worry — they’ll blend in over time.
While reseeding your grass is fairly simple, these annoying and unsightly patches will continue to make an appearance if the underlying cause isn’t correctly diagnosed.