How to Plant Grass on Bare Spots


Bare spots on a lush lawn can be a source of frustration for a gardener. When you are striving to create a beautiful green carpet in an outside landscape area, bare spots will be difficult to tolerate. Fix the bare spots and plant new grass by following the same steps you would follow to plant grass on an entire yard. With careful preparation and by nurturing the germinating grass seeds, the bare spots will soon fill in with green grass.

Step 1

Prepare the bare spots for planting by using either the garden rake or the garden spade to loosen the soil. If the bare spots are very small in diameter, use hand-held gardening tools. It is important that the top inch of soil be loose.

Step 2

Sprinkle approximately 3 inches of top soil over the prepared bare spots. Rake the top soil smooth so that it is level.

Step 3

Sprinkle a generous amount of grass seeds over the top soil. Sprinkle by hand for small areas or use a hand-held broadcaster if your bare spots are larger. Make sure the grass seed is generously applied.

Step 4

Use the garden rake or the hand-held gardening tool to work the grass seeds into the top soil. Tamp down the surface of the soil with the back of a shovel to finish the planting process.

Step 5

Lay down a light layer of straw mulch to protect the germinating grass seed.

Step 6

Water the bare spots generously with the hose or by setting up the sprinkler. Provide a deep watering every day for the first 2 weeks to ensure germination. Water the grass seed in the late afternoon or early evening for best results. Discontinue daily watering when the new grass is approximately 1 inch high.

Step 7

Wait to mow the new grass until it is at least 3 inches tall.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake
  • Garden spade
  • Hand-held gardening tools
  • Top soil
  • Grass seeds (same variety as the surrounding lawn)
  • Hand-held broadcaster
  • Shovel
  • Straw mulch
  • Sprinkler or hose


  • Planting Grass Seed
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.