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How to repair a lawn patch


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.

How to do it


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.

Our tip

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

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patabee 24/11/2011 at 15:28

very informative re creating and maintaining a good lawn. It seems to be an ongoing battle with my front lawn, which is in shade during the afternoon - however, I will try seed for shady lawns. Also, I have a couple of patches of bare earth left after killing moss, scarifying and sowing seed (lawn looking pretty good) - and I shall try the tip of placing polythene over the grass seed on the remaining patches (which have not germinated). Thanks for the tip.

LESFRANCIS 24/11/2011 at 15:28

at 1st visit ,could not set up my own reference page.
where is this info found a link would be usefull.

chris18 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Even though the polythene causes moisture to help the seed germinate, does the area still need some occasional watering?

terryj379 24/11/2011 at 15:28

after repairing bare patches on my lawn with seed how long before I can mow lawn?

garylear 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I did this and usd adans tip and covered with polythene. I now have a scorched brown unsightly mess on my laen, where the sun has burn't the grass. Take care with this.

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