How to Repair & Seed a Bare Grass Patch

Bare Spot Repair made easy

Bald. Bare. Thin. Whatever you call it, one thing is certain: patchy lawns stink. Until automatic, self-repairing lawns are invented, we've got the next best thing - quick and easy bare spot repair. Read on for the skinny, plus a few extras for keeping your lawn lusher, longer.

Water alone won't work

Most of us know that wishing and hoping bare spots fill in on their own is futile. Did you also know that watering those bare spots and doing nothing else won't work either? Sure, water is essential for growing a green, healthy looking lawn. But water's only a part of what you need to fix those dead spots in your lawn and keep them from coming back.

Ready, set, repair

Kids playing rough-and-tumble, dogs doing their daily, and pesky pests and insects all do a number on lawns. But lawns also have another enemy: drought. Repair thin or bare areas with Scotts® EZ Seed®. Guaranteed to grow grass anywhere, EZ Seed® features a unique combination of Scotts® high-performance seed, continuous-release fertilizer and Scotts® super-absorbent growing material that keeps seed from drying out. Simply rake ground to loosen soil, apply EZ Seed® and water in.Water well

Water the newly seeded or sodded areas frequently until seedlings develop and have a chance to fill in, usually 1-4 weeks. Then, instead of watering more frequently, water a lot less frequently. It's best to water deeply once a week under normal weather conditions or a bit more often when it's extremely dry. A good, thorough soaking rather than a quick watering ensures that the water gets down to the root system. This helps roots grow strong and deep for a thick, more drought-resistant lawn.

Follow with food

Tender seedlings, as well as existing grass, need nutrients to help grow thick and strong. Feed your whole lawn with Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food. It will deliver much-needed nutrients to stressed and hungry lawns.