How to Take Care of a Bald Spot in Your Lawn


Bald spots in your yard can be unsightly, but can be repaired. With a few simple tools, quality seed and the right care, planting new seed in those bald spots will revive the look of your lawn. Always wait at least six weeks to mow your new grass or when the new grass is at least 3 inches tall.

Step 1

Remove debris and weeds from the soil in the bald spot so new seeds do not have to compete with weeds for sunlight and food.

Step 2

Loosen the top layer of soil with a rake.

Step 3

Spread seed, about 16 seeds per square inch of soil. You can also use a lawn spreader or seeder for larger areas.

Step 4

Rake to cover the newly planted seeds with about 1/4 inch of soil and fertilize using a starter fertilizer higher in phosphorus with a ratio of 1-2-1.

Step 5

Water thoroughly, then lightly water twice a day until the seeds have germinated.

Step 6

Water deeply and less often after the seeds have germinated.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid applying herbicides until after the new grass has been mowed at least three times.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Rake
  • Lawn spreader or seeder
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Water


  • Seedland: Methods for Planting Seeds
  • University of Illinois Extension: Seed or Sod?
Keywords: lawn bald spot, planting seed, lawn care, grass

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Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen has worked four years as a professional writer and editor, writing for the online source eHow with articles such as "How to Make Chocolate Chip Biscotti" and "How to Make Marshmallow Fondant," and editing scripts for A Work In Progress, an inspirational radio drama.