How to repair a lawn patch

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Bare patches can appear in your lawn after a thorough raking, where the grass is undernourished or where it's been worn out. These gaps should be reseeded or returfed to prevent moss and weeds colonising the soil and to allow your lawn to look its best all year round.

You will need

  • Grass seed or turf
  • Rake
  • Spade


Sow the patch with an appropriate seed mix, sprinkling half the grass seeds in one direction and the rest in the other. Lightly rake over the seed and protect it against birds with netting.

Alternatively, cut out the bare patch of lawn, rake the soil and add topsoil if needed then patch the gap with new pieces of turf.


A small sheet of polythene pegged over the area will encourage the grass seed to germinate.

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