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How to reseed a patchy lawn

Read our top tips for reseeding a patchy lawn.

  • Start by removing any dead grass, weeds, or debris from the area.
  • Rough up the soil with a rake or cultivator to create a good seedbed.
  • Choose the right seed for your climate and soil type.
  • Spread the seed evenly over the area using a broadcast spreader.
  • Lightly rake the seed into the soil, making sure it is in good contact with the soil.
  • Water the area frequently and keep the soil moist until the new grass is established.
  • Avoid walking on the seeded area until the new grass is at least 2 inches tall.



If you're dealing with a patchy lawn, it's important to reseed it as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:


Aerate the soil

Before reseeding, consider aerating the soil to improve drainage and allow nutrients to penetrate deeper. This can be done using a manual or motorised aerator.

Choosing grass seed

If you're not sure what type of seed to use, consult with a local garden center or nursery for advice. They can recommend the best grass varieties for your specific region and soil type.


Prevent bare spots

To ensure even coverage, divide the seed into two equal portions and spread the first half horizontally across the area, then spread the second half vertically. This will help prevent bare spots.



Use a seed starter fertiliser to provide the new grass with the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy.


Seeding equipment

If you're dealing with a large area, consider renting a slit seeder or overseeder to make the process easier and more efficient.



In addition to keeping the soil moist, make sure to provide the new grass with plenty of sunlight. Clear away any debris or obstacles that may be blocking the sun's rays.


Be Patient

Finally, be patient! It can take several weeks for the new grass to fully establish itself. Avoid mowing until the grass is at least 3 inches tall, and use a sharp mower blade to prevent tearing or damaging the delicate new growth.

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