Maintaining a beautiful lawn can be easily achieved with a sturdy lawn base. When bare, brown spots appear, it is not necessary to kill the remaining grass and start with fresh sod. A simple lawn repair can be achieved with much less work. Reseeding in bare areas and a little extra care will bring back a lush green lawn your neighbors will envy.
How to Grow Lawn Grass
Prepare the lawn for spreading new grass seed in bare areas. Rake the dirt to loosen the top surface. Saturate the lawn with water and a water-soluble yard feed such as Miracle Gro. Some products easily attach to the garden hose to maintain proper balance of water and fertilizer.
Rake the surface of bare areas with the metal rake again. The dirt should be loose and free of large clumps. Fill a walk-behind spreader with grass seed and open the spreader control half-way. Push the spreader in paths across the lawn. Repeat this process, walking perpendicular to the original path so seed is spread in a crisscross pattern. This will allow for better germination and rooting. Using a gloved hand, spread additional grass seed across the bare areas of the yard to allow for increased seed coverage.
Water the lawn after the seed application. Continue to water daily for five days. New grass sprouts should begin to appear within five days of the seeding. Keep the soil moist, watering daily for an additional four to five days until new grass sprouts are 3 to 5 inches tall.
Mow the lawn after sprouts have reached 3 to 5 inches tall. Mow only using a sharp blade. A dull blade will pull new sprouts from the ground rather than cut the tops.
Continue a normal mowing pattern after the sprouts have been cut once. Use a weed control product such as Scott's Turf Builder after the sprouts reach 6 weeks in age. A combination product such as Turf Builder allows for weed control while it also applies lawn feed to the area. Load the spreader and apply the turf product with the control half open. Walk in paths across yard to cover the entire lawn with the weed control product. Water the lawn generously after the application. Continue watering sessions every two days in drier climates. Watering can be decreased to once weekly in more moist regions.