If you’re looking for a low cost option to polish the look of your yard, filling in gaps and sparse patches on your lawn is a good choice. If your lawn has large dead patches, or is more than 50 per cent dead, patching won’t be enough — you’ll need to start a new lawn from scratch!

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Rake gently to remove debris, and pick up any stones. Use a non-selective herbicide to kill all weeds or plants in the area.

Step 2

Spread a thin layer of fresh soil. Fertilize the soil and then gentle rake the area to level. Not only will this smooth the surface but also mix the fertilizer into the soil at the same time.

Step 3

Immediately sprinkle grass seed using a seed spreader. For the best results and an even look, seed the whole patch lengthwise, then seed the whole patch widthwise. This ensures full coverage. Rake gently to help the seed into the soil, without burying it. You can tap the surface lightly with the back of the rake, but watering should take the seed down to the correct depth in loose soil. Seed should be buried no deeper than 3 -6 mm (1/8 to 1/4 inch).

Step 4

Maintain your new grass. Water gently, and keep the soil bed moist, not wet, until the new grass seedlings have grown enough that they have had to be mowed several times. New grass should not be cut until it reaches a height of 8 cm (3 inches). After your lawn’s third cutting, you may add a good quality fertilize, such as C-I-L® Golfgreen® Lawn Fertilizer, to promote lots of top growth giving you a lush thick green lawn.

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