How To Avoid Lawn Failure And Spot Repair Steps

Spot Repair Steps:

  1. Remove as much loose grass and weeds as possible
  2. Loosen soil with renovator or rake as necessary to expose soils
  3. Apply fertilizer
  4. Sow seed evenly, taking extra care on bare spots
  5. Firm the soil around seed with roller or packer.
  6. Keep soil moist until seed has germinated


There are number of factors that need to be taken into consideration to achieve the full potential of grass seed. Here are some helpful pointers that, if followed, should lead to a beautiful, thick, healthy lawn.

Watering: The single most frequent reason for lawn failure is lack of proper watering. The very first time water contacts grass seed from the package, each seed begins the process of sprouting. If at any time from the first wetting until actual sprouting, the seed is allowed to dry out, it will die.

Germination: This term refers to how many seeds out of each 100 in the package you buy are live seeds. The minimum percentage is 80%. Germination also refers to the time it takes for grass seed to sprout. This period varies with the temperature, moisture and type of grass planted. Generally, under ideal conditions, grass will appear after 5-14 days. Very cool or very hot temperatures will slow this process.

Wind, rain and birds: The same light covering of top dressing that helps conserve moisture is also a great help with birds that love to eat large quantities of seed. If heavy rains occur, seed can be washed away. If this happens, you must re-seed the washed away area. Warm weather and high winds can combine to blow light dry seed and soil away. Proper watering should keep the seed in place during these periods.


TIP: Light watering 2-3 times per day until grass appears is necessary to assure maximum sprouting. Top dressing with peat moss, sawdust or other fine organic matter will help conserve moisture as well as minimize erosion.



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