How to Patch Dead Grass


There are various causes for grass to die in patches. There may be too much traffic on a certain area, an insect problem or a disease. Repairing your lawn quickly and correctly is important. However, identifying the problem will save you from having to repair the same area over and over again. Some problems, such as severe compaction of the soil or poor drainage, may require you to do a complete renovation.

Step 1

Prepare the area for replanting by loosening the soil.

Step 2

Remove any rocks or roots and rake the soil smooth.

Step 3

Sprinkle grass seed generously over the area you are reseeding and rake lightly to bury seeds approximately 1/4 inch under the soil.

Step 4

Water lightly every day or two to keep the soil moist while the seeds are germinating. Germination will occur in 4 to 6 weeks. Allow minimal traffic during those weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Rake
  • Water


  • University of Hawaii at Manoa: Instant, Foolproof Lawn Repairs With Turfgrass Sod
  • University of Illinois Extension: Thatch and Lawn
  • University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program: General Lawn Maintenance and Renovation
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.