How to Reseed a Dead Lawn

Published Categorized as Lawn Grass, Sod & Seed

Does your lawn have signs of death, such as withering, weak stalks, and unhealthy seeds? If so, you will soon lose your yard. However, before we call it over, you need to try something—try to revive it through reseeding. This article will talk about how to reseed a dead lawn to restore it. Follow through with the whole process. 

To reseed a dead lawn, you need to:

  1. Understand the cause
  2. Prepare the lawn well for reseeding
  3. Apply lawn booster
  4. Water the lawn and follow through with the process

Now, let’s look at each step individually.

1. Understand the Cause

The first thing to do to revive a dead lawn is to understand what is causing it to die. Only after understanding the cause will you be able to find the right solution.

For instance, if you live in a warm environment and plant warm-season grass, it might change color during the colder months. So, there is nothing more you can do than wait until the correct temperatures return for your lawn to thrive again. 

On the other hand, cool-season grasses may appear weak and change their color during the summer due to the scorching temperatures. Please, however, wait until winter when they can recover. The lawn will look splendid, the way you like it. 

Whichever season you are in, if your lawn shows signs of death, it isn’t the end, at least not until you try all means to revive it. What is more, you are doing something wrong if you ignore signs that your lawn is dying. It is essential to try to find out what causes the color change.  

Common causes of your lawn turning brown include pet urine, a lack of fertilizer, and insufficient water. If there is a problem, it must be resolved as soon as possible. For pet urine, follow the steps below to fix the problem:

How to Fix Pet Urine on a Lawn

  • Rake the damaged area to get rid of all the affected grass
  • Apply a small amount of ground limestone over the place you’ve raked
  • Let the ground limestone rest for about seven days
  • After a week, apply a thin layer of topsoil
  • Spread your grass seed over the area (the sources should be of the same grass to achieve uniformity)
  • Tamper the soil to ensure the seeds go into the soil
  • Water the site and the surrounding part three times a day for about three weeks
  • Keep off the dog from your lawn

2. Prepare the Lawn for Reseeding

You need to know that you cannot reseed any time you want. The start of spring and fall offer the ideal conditions for reseeding a dead lawn. During these times, temperatures are moderate. 

Besides, the weather during these seasons is conducive to restoring your dead lawn and cannot affect the lawn booster you will apply. 

The first step in preparing your lawn for reseeding is getting rid of weeds. It is also essential to eliminate ground moles from the yard if any exist. It will help if you eliminate all weeds because they compete with your grass to consume water. 

For better results, allow enough time (up to 3 weeks) between weed and pest removal and the actual reseeding time. Giving your lawn time to heal ensures the soil absorbs any chemicals you might have used, such as dawn soap or castor oil, which might harm the seeds.

Now that you have removed all the weeds and pests, mow your grass to 1 inch tall. Rake again to remove any debris and dead or fallen grass. A hand-held metal rake works best for small lawns. 

3. Apply Lawn Booster

It is time to apply Extreme Grass Growth Lawn Booster. The booster contains the ingredients needed to revitalize your dead grass. The nutrients include soil enhancers and liquid fertilizers. I’d advise you to go for a premixed lawn booster like the one pictured below. 

You can use a sprinkler to spread the lawn booster evenly if the lawn is large. For small yards, a hand-held pump can do as long as you spray every part of the lawn.

4. Water the Lawn

After you’ve reseeded, a dead lawn wants nourishing. The only way to do this is by watering your property consistently. Watering is necessary for the soil to remain moist and maintain a conducive environment for the germination and growth of the seeds. 

Keep watering your lawn at least two times a day until the grass grows to a height of about 3 or 4 inches. Once the new grass has reached that height, you can continue your regular lawn maintenance schedule.

To Wrap Up

No one likes to see a patched or dead lawn. But if the grass is near death, you can now reseed a dead lawn by following a few simple steps. Identify the cause, prepare the lawn for reseeding, apply a lawn booster, and maintain a watering pattern until the grass looks dense and healthy again

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By Wycliffe Magara

Hi, my name’s Wycliffe Magara, a professional landscaper, journalist, published author, photographer, and lawn attendant. Apart from this site, I also own LawnAffection, Grasstology, and TheScholarshipTipster. I specialize in creating informational content to help you grow a Lifelong Lush Lawn and find the ideal scholarship opportunities no one ever talks about.