Repair Damaged Areas In Your Yard: How To Get Grass To Grow

If your yard is more patchy than plush, it's time to get your gardening gloves on and get to work. A patchy lawn can look unsightly and unkempt. You can get your lawn back and repair those patchy spots in the yard to give you a plush, green yard. Read on for tips on how to repair a damaged lawn.

Rake Your Yard

To start you'll need to get rid of the dead grass and any thatching by raking the yard thoroughly. If you have a small yard, a hand rake will work, but if your yard is much larger, a dethatching tool that attaches to your lawn tractor would be a better option. Rake through the yard and get rid of all of the dead grass and other lawn debris in your yard.

Spread Grass Seed

Sprinkle grass seed around your yard, making sure to add extra grass seed to the patchy areas. Use a seed spreader to spread the grass seed around your yard, setting it to the proper setting suggested on the seed packaging by the manufacturer. 

When finished with the seed, spread straw over the top of the bare spots to protect the seed. The grass in the other areas will keep the seed in it's place and protect it, but in bare spots, you may not have that same protection. The straw will help keep the area moist so the seeds can grow.

Water Your Grass

Water the grass after seeding. Water it each day until it's soaking wet, but not puddling. Use a sprinkler or water it with your garden hose by hand. Water it early in the morning before the sunlight hits your yard or later in the evening after the sun begins to go down. The seed needs water and so does your existing grass. The dead spots may have occurred from not getting enough water in the first place, so make sure you continue to water your lawn all summer long, especially on those really hot days.


After your new grass has started to grow and you've started mowing over the new grass, you can add fertilizer to improve the growth of your lawn. Pay attention to the amount of fertilizer you add so you don't end up burning your lawn. Read the manufacturer's instructions and use a seed spreader to spread it evenly. 

Continue to water your lawn to ensure the roots don't dry out. For help with the upkeep of your lawn, hire a professional landscaping company, such as Watersedge Landscape