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Video:Lawn Care: Fixing Bare Patches

with JJ Burkart

Are you tired of hiring lawn services to maintain your lawn? Learn how to fix bare patches, plant new seed, and keep your yard green and beautiful all by yourself.See Transcript

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Transcript:Lawn Care: Fixing Bare Patches

Hi, I'm JJ Burkart for About.com Home. I'm going to show you how to revive your lawn in the springtime.

Lawn Care Tools:

  • a metal rake
  • several bags of topsoil
  • some straw or a lawn mat
  • a perennial seed mixture

Prepping Lawn Care Surface

Spread the fertilizer evenly with a two-wheeled fertilizer spreader. First you will need to rake and expose the soil in the bare patches.

Applying Lawn Care Materials

Spread 2 to 3 inches of topsoil or compost into the prepared area. Smooth the area with the back of a rake until the new soil is level with the surrounding area.

Seeding New Grass

Now spread the seeds evenly and generously. Gently mix the grass seed into the topsoil so that many of the seeds are slightly covered with soil.

Caring for Your New Lawn Seeds

Cover the seeded area with a thin layer of straw or lawn mat. Water gently with a misting nozzle so you don't wash the seeds away. Keep the repaired area moist until the seed germinates and sprouts begin to push through the soil surface.

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