The weather is warming up, new sprouts are coming out and your grass is greening up from the winter cold or if you are out west, the lawn is just requiring more water! But there it is, that big brown spot right next to the driveway. You check it out and find that, yes the grass is indeed dead. You have a couple of choices here. You can dig up the brown area and replace it with sod, hoping that it will match the rest of the grass that is around the repaired area or you can patch it with some seeding patch that has the mulch and the seed already in it. Check with your local Home Depot to see which patching product is available. Pennington and Scotts both make a good patching product. Once you have selected your product, it is time to prepare the damaged area.
Check the area that is brown and see if it has been caused by a chemical that has damaged the grass and the soil. If a petroleum product like paint has been dumped there, it will be necessary to remove the contaminated soil and replace it with good soil. If a hot liquid has been poured on it, like for instance hot water from the water heater, the soil will be OK because the grass and roots have just been cooked and will need to be replaced. Go into the garage and grab your garden rake or garden cultivator and scratch the ground up in the damaged area. Be sure to water this area before trying to loosen it up. The damp area will be easier to work than a hard dry area. Once you have loosened the soil up, it is time to add your repair mulch. Follow the directions on the package is the next important step. Once the product has been applied, just keep it looking damp. You should see new growth in the next 7-10 days as long as the weather stays in the 70 degree average. Keep you hose handy because it will be necessary to water this area frequently to keep the mulch damp. Be sure to use a gentle spray so as not to disturb the patch, especially after the grass has started to grow. Depending on your weather, it may be necessary to water this patch 5-7 times a day. If you get rain regularly then you may not have to do a lot of hand watering.
Be sure to avoid mowing this area for the several weeks. The lawn mower will just suck up all of the seeding mulch and you patching project will have been derailed! Remember, NO MOWING!! Give the new grass a chance to take hold before you start to mow. If you feel a need to cut the grass in the patch area, use a grass shear to cut the grass by hand. This will be a safe way of trimming the area without damaging your patched area.
Once this area as greened up, it is time to look for another project, which won't take long, there is always something to do in the yard! Check out my video to see how easy it is to do!