Every homeowner wants a beautiful lawn, and dead spots can ruin the appeal of your landscape. If you’re a Kansas City area homeowner experiencing spots in your yard where it seems the grass has vanished, this can be remedied with just a little work so that your lawn once again has a lush, uniform appearance.

What caused the dead spots in your lawn? It’s important to know why certain areas of the grass are dead, as it may be insect or disease related. Before you proceed and spend your valuable time/money, try to find out what caused the dead spots, and remove the source.

Once you know why there are bare spots in the lawn, here’s how to repair dead spots in your lawn:

  1. Choose the right type of grass seed. You may know what type of grass is currently in your lawn, or you may not be sure. If you know what type of grass you have, buy the same type if possible If you just want a good grass mix that is heat tolerant, durable, and rich in color, choose a grass seed that is half blue grass and half fescue. It is very important to review the label on grass seed, as most types contain weeds. Even the tiniest percentage of ingredients labeled “other crop” or “weed seed” could result in a yard full of weeds, which is why it’s important to buy premium seed that clearly states 0% other crop or weeds – you get what you pay for!
  2. Next, get the soil ready. Make sure the grass seed you plant has a healthy start by pulling any weeds in the dead spots, and removing rocks and twigs. Sow the soil and add compost, lawn soil, or manure to give the grass seed a healthy basis to start in.
  3. Now you’re ready to plant the seed. You don’t want to seed too thickly, but you do want to cover the bare or dead spot with plenty of seed. Once you’ve scattered it thoroughly in and around the spot, rake lightly with a rake or hoe so the grass seed has a thin layer of soil on top of it. This will prevent the seed from blowing away, and help it take root quickly.
  4. Water every day! Plan to water for the next three to four weeks every day. While you don’t want to soak the soil, you do want to make sure the seed bed remains damp until the grass grows to a height of about 4 inches and is ready to mow. In most cases, seed begins to germinate in about two to three weeks, depending on temperatures. It may take a bit longer when temperatures are cool or cold. Once the grass reaches mowing height, water as you normally would the rest of your lawn.

Watering with a water hose or sprinklers you hook up to the hose is better than nothing, but it’s difficult to know exactly how much water your lawn is getting – and it involves significant physical labor as well, moving sprinklers around and winding all those hoses up when you’re done. At IDL Company, we offer Kansas City irrigation services including automatic and custom-designed sprinkler systems. Give us a call today, and let us help you enjoy a beautiful lawn!