Lawn Care Basics: The Grass is Always Greener
Patching with Seed (Step 3)
Sow seed thickly. Use the same kind of grass that you have, or if you're not certain, use a blend to better match the surrounding lawn. If you can't make a match, use seed that will grow vigorously in the patched area. Sprinkle a thin layer of straw over the patch and water thoroughly. The straw protects the seed and the tender new grass as it sprouts. Covering the soil also reduces moisture loss to evaporation. Keeping the soil evenly moist is key to good germination and growth. Water frequently and consistently. Mow when the grass reaches at least 3 inches high, and cut less than a 1/2 inch off the blades until the patch is well-established-- four to six weeks.