How To Repair a Large Patch of Damaged Grass

Damaged patches of grass are an eyesore and significantly detract from the appearance and health of an otherwise stellar lawn. While dealing with damaged patches of grass can certainly be tricky, it’s eminently doable. Let’s go through how to repair a patch of damaged grass so that your lawn can look its absolute healthiest and greenest this summer season.

Step 1: Identify the Problem

Before you can properly treat a damaged patch of grass, you need to know what caused the damage in the first place. Excessively brown patches of damaged grass are usually the result of mold, insect, or fungal damage. Small patches of damaged grass can be treated with repair products available at your local home supply store. Larger patches however, will require removal of the damaged patch of grass and replacement with fresh sod or seed.

Step 2: Removal of the Problem Patch

To properly remove a patch of damaged grass, you’ll want to completely dig out the damaged area and go about 4 inches deep. We recommend filling this area with compost due to the increased nutritional benefits it can bring to your grass, but soil certainly works too.

Step 3: Sod or Seed

After filling up the dug-out patch of grass with soil or compost, you’ll want to either seed or sod the area. Sod is more expensive than seed, but is much easier to apply and maintain. Seeds are significantly cheaper than sod, but will require extensive upkeep and daily care until they establish a root system.

Step 4: Maintenance of the New Grass

New grass requires special care and caution until it’s mature and developed enough to be integrated into the rest of your lawn. This includes:

  • Minimizing foot traffic on the affected area
  • Avoidance of cutting the grass until the root systems are fully developed
  • Avoidance of fertilizers with an NPK number
  • Properly watering the affected area

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Nenad Dumanovic

Nenad Dumanovic worked for Yardly, the Lawn Care and Snow Removal Service Platform, as an Operations Coordinator. Read his posts for insights to maintaining the perfect lawn and property.