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How to Fix Bare Patches in Your Lawn: 3 Steps to Success

Jack Moore
Oct 4, 2021 11:15:00 AM

When it comes to having a thick and gorgeous lawn that you can be proud of, bare spots can feel like a major setback. If you’re dealing with this, you might be wondering how to fix bare patches in your North Texas lawn.

We understand that bare spots often feel like they stand out. Even if the rest of your lawn looks great, you’re going to have trouble ignoring those annoying patches.

Fortunately, you don’t have to live with these spots or let them become an eyesore.

You can repair bare spots in the lawn by taking the 3 following steps to success.

1. Investigate to Figure Out Why You Have Bald Spots in the Lawn

First and foremost, you need to figure out what’s going on. There are reasons why you have bare spots in the first place and you need to figure out why (so it doesn’t just happen again).

bare spot in lawn

The possibilities are really varied.

  • Was it a lawn fungus that ravaged the area?
  • Was it attacked by a lawn pest?
  • Are you dealing with bad lawn soil?
  • Was there a chemical spill that caused a burn?
  • Did a child leave a toy in the yard and the grass died beneath it?

Or, maybe it’s just a matter of being a shaded area. Growing grass in the shade is not an easy endeavor. If the lawn is dying in these shaded areas, you’re going to need a solution before you try to restore the lawn in those spots.

2. Fix any Issues Before You Repair Bare Spots in the Lawn

You probably knew this one was coming.

The next step in the process would be to fix any issue that was responsible for causing the bare spots in the first place. We mentioned a bunch of different scenarios above and it could even be a combination of these. It’s not uncommon for a single lawn to deal with multiple issues at the same time.

lawn care technician discuss bare patches in lawn

Perhaps you had a chemical burn in one area but you also have a shaded spot where grass struggles to grow.

Different lawn problems are going to require different approaches so a proper diagnosis is key. And as we mentioned, depending upon what’s happening on your lawn, you may require more than one solution.

Sometimes making a proper lawn diagnosis can be difficult as many problems tend to mimic one another. But bringing in a lawn care professional can help ensure you get on the right track.

lawn inspection for bare spots

Whatever you do, you definitely want to get to the bottom of what’s going on before you spend money on replacing the lawn. The last thing that you want is to see your lawn go right back to where it was (particularly after spending money on a solution).

3. Add Sod to Bare Spots for an Instant Fix

While we understand that many homeowners want to know how to get grass to grow in bare spots, this really is not the optimal solution. Plus, for a lot of homeowners, attempting to grow grass in a bare spot can be frustrating. Seed can take a while to germinate and grow and you have to deal with the ugly bare spots while you wait.

sod to repair bare patches in lawn

The best solution is to have a lawn professional come in, dig out the problem areas, remedy whatever was going on, add new soil, and install sod. It’s going to give you an instant fix and because the issue causing the bare spots in the first place was already remedied, your lawn is now going to remain healthy and thriving.

Of course, it will be key to care for the sod properly. You certainly don’t want to end up back at square one because the sod dies.

spreading seed to fix bare patches in lawn

In terms of shaded areas on the property, we might handle these a bit differently. We’ve seen success with sodding areas that already have good growing conditions. But we might want to consider seeding shaded areas with a more shade-tolerant fescue blend. While there is no such thing as a seed type that does not require any sunlight, there are some varieties that will do okay without full sun.

lawn aeration machine aerates lawn

We’ve had some success with aerating and overseeding with a shade-tolerant grass type in areas under trees. But it’s important to mention that grass can still struggle in these areas, particularly if it’s heavily shaded. As we explain in this article, you might need additional solutions like thinning out the trees, considering a grass alternative, or even having the trees removed.

Getting Back on Track to a Healthy Lawn

At Grassperson, there is nothing we enjoy more than helping homeowners to love their lawns. We understand the absolute frustration involved when there are unsightly bare patches that take away from that enjoyment. But we can help fix the problems and provide an instant solution that will get you back on track.

well maintained lawn no bare patches

Once your lawn is restored, you’ll also want to ensure you keep up with a regular lawn care program that is providing your lawn with what it needs to continue to perform its best.

While it might seem hopeless now, we assure you, once you properly fix bare patches in your lawn, you’ll soon never even be able to tell where you had a problem. You’ll have a lawn that you’re proud of, making you the envy of the neighborhood.

Ready to solve your bare patches problems at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX home? Get a free quote and then enjoy the best lawn on the block without the worries!

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