How to Get Grass to Grow on Patches


There are many things that can cause bare spots in a lawn, from dog urine to the ravages of winter. It's easy to remedy those bald spots and sunshine, heat and moisture are all that's needed. Temperatures should be in the 60-degree F range in the daytime and above 45 degrees F at night. If you aren't sure what type of grass you have, ask local landscapers or take a sample to the county extension office. Plan to plant grass seed in the spring or fall.

Step 1

Mow the lawn on the lowest setting of your mower.

Step 2

Remove any debris or weeds in the patch will be seeded.

Step 3

Break up the soil in the patch with a shovel or rake.

Step 4

Spread the grass seed over the patch until it is completely covered with seeds.

Step 5

Spread a 1/4-inch layer of soil over the top of the seeds and pack it down by hand.

Step 6

Water the patch with enough water to moisten it, not soak it. Never let the seeds dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Rake
  • Top soil or potting soil


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Reseeding Bare Spots in Lawns
  • Life and Lawn: How to Seed and Fill In Bare Spots in Your Lawn
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