Best Ways to Fix Patchy Grass

No matter how much effort you put into preserving the health of your grass, it always seems like patches develop. When a hot summer without much rainfall produces patchy lawns, they can become an ugly spot in your otherwise healthy lawn. So, how do you fix patches in your grass, and how do you ensure that they won’t come back in the future once they’re fixed?

Luckily, there are a number of steps that you can take to fix your patchy grass. The experts at Kenney Machinery will help you identify a few ways to fix that patchy lawn and promote healthy grass, as well as help you keep it patch-free in the future.

How to Fix Patchy Lawns With Grass Seed

Rake the Area

Raking the patchy area with a garden rake will help to loosen the soil and remove whatever dead grass is in the area. This will help your new seeds thrive once they’re added to the soil.

Add Seeds

After the area has been raked and dead grass has been removed, sprinkle a generous amount of seeds onto the patchy area  where you want new grass to grow. 

Mix Seeds Into the Soil

After the grass seedlings have been sprinkled into the soil, they’ll need to be mixed in. This should be done until little-to-no seeds are visibly exposed.

Water the Area

When seeds have been mixed in, be sure to water the area. Make sure that the soil is moist, and do not overwater the spot. If there’s rain in the forecast, you can skip this step and allow nature to naturally water the area for you.

Repairing Bare Soil With Turf

Cut the Turf

When repairing your bare patches with turf, cut your turf into roughly the same shape as the patch. 

Place the Turf

After the turf has been cut, place it over the patch. Carefully align the turf so that it covers all areas of the patch.

Set the Turf

Finally, walk on top of the turf to set it. The roots of the sod should be able to contact the soil where the bare patch used to be.

Maintaining Your Lawn

After you’ve repaired the patch in your grass, it’s equally important to ensure that you stay free of bare spots in the future. To avoid ugly brown spots, be sure to:


Your grass requires proper watering in order to grow and thrive. Giving your grass the amount of water that it needs will help to prevent brown spots.

However, be careful about when you water your grass. Watering too early in the day or too late at night will cause your lawn to be overwatered, leaving it susceptible to brown spots and disease.

Circulate Air

High humidity and low aeration are two of the biggest causes of patches and brown spots. Circulating air throughout your grass will significantly decrease the chances of patching.

Avoid Over-Fertilizing

Fertilizer contains nitrogen that is good for grass in certain amounts. However, with too much fertilizer comes too much nitrogen, increasing the likelihood of brown spots. Fertilize on shady and cool days for maximum results.

Contact Kenney Machinery for Grass and Turf Management Equipment

The experts at Kenney Machinery can help you find the best new or used turf equipment for your situation. For more information about any of our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or request a demonstration.