Updated Oct 14, 2022
Every homeowner dreams of a lush, dark green lawn. Today, many resilient types of grass fight back against weeds and pest infestations and stay strong even in high temperatures.
Despite this, many homeowners still struggle with patchy lawns. For some, few things are more frustrating than a patchy, ugly lawn filled with bald spots and dead grass.
If this is you, start by identifying the root cause of your lawn problems. For example, you’ll need to eliminate bugs, grubs, lawn weeds, or fungi before addressing your patchy lawn. After doing this, follow our top tips for how to fix a patchy lawn efficiently.
Seeding your lawn is a budget-friendly way to fill in patches. However, this approach does take patience while the grass grows back. Use the following steps for repairing a lawn with new seed:
If your lawn is thin all over, you should overseed it using similar steps to improve the health of your entire lawn.
A quicker alternative to seeding your lawn is patching it with sod. This option will quickly repair any thin, patchy spots. However, you’ll need to carefully prep your soil to ensure the sod takes to your new lawn.
Take the following steps to fix patchy grass with sod:
Once your lawn has been treated with sod or seeds, use the following landscaping and lawn care tips for maintaining a healthy, even lawn:
Slow down and take your time as you repair your lawn. If you rush it the first time, you’ll need to redo it, costing you more money and time. Consider your options and set aside multiple hours to tackle this lawn repair project.
Sod will be more expensive than seeding your lawn. However, the sod will give you faster results. Depending on your goals, you may want to seed or sod or combine the two in different parts of your lawn. Regardless of your choice, take your time and don’t skip any steps during the process. The results will be worthwhile.
If all else fails, consider hiring a lawn care provider to assess your lawn, treat for any problems, and fix the patchiness of your existing grass.
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