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Starting Fresh: How to Reclaim A Beautiful Lawn

During the hottest days of summer, homeowners can spend weeks trying to nourish their lawn, only for it to remain dry and dull. This can be quite bothersome for homeowners who worry their lawn won’t recover in time for the first frost, and that they will be greeted in Spring by a black, bare yard. Using the right tools and methods, you can reclaim your lawn and return it to its former glory. 

Diagnosing the Problem

Is your lawn full of yellow patches, weeds, and bare spots? Are the problem areas limited to a small patch of your lawn, or more widespread? Test and correct the pH balance of your lawn to find the best soil for your turf. If over half of your lawn is dead, the easiest solution would be to remove the grass and start again with fresh seed.

Starting Fresh

If your lawn can’t be saved, start new. Shop for an herbicide containing glyphosate that will eliminate existing vegetation but still allows new turf to grow soon after. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly—wear gloves if necessary, follow the suggested timeline and application amounts, and keep pets off your lawn while the chemical does its job. Following a waiting period of a few weeks (and before seeding), mow your lawn as short as you can to set up the growing process. This step will prevent erosion and keep dead plants from shading your lawn.

Raking and Composting

Do some raking maintenance. Raking your yard will help protect new growth. Remove and compost most of the growth and lawn clippings, leaving about ¼ inch of thatch on the ground. You’ll know you have the correct balance when you see equal amounts of bare soil and dead grass stems. Spread compost over the soil in an even layer.

Seeding and Reseeding

Once your lawn is properly prepared, it’s time to plant seed. For best results, follow the instructions on the seed you purchase. To avoid bare spots and to make the seed more uniform, spread half the seed in an up and down motion and the other half of the seed in a right to left motion.


Now that your seed is germinating, make a habit of watering your new lawn. It might be tricky at first to find the perfect balance of moisture. After the initial planting, make sure the soil stays uniformly moist so that bare spots do not emerge.

Feeding and Fertilizing

Nourish your lawn. Once the grass seed grows to about an inch, apply a fertilizer to promote growth. Time this appropriately, because the fertilizer may burn your roots.

Mowing New Growth

Mow your new lawn. Once the grass has grown to be roughly three inches, mow it to eliminate weeds and promote growth. Be sure not to cut the grass too short — about ⅓ of the length will suffice. Always use a sharp blade to avoid tearing out your new grass and creating a patchy lawn.

When it comes to salvaging a dying lawn, anything beyond a yellow patch can be intimidating to most people. If you feel less than confident about your own lawn repair skills, we can help determine the best treatment for your lawn with a free lawn quote. To get started, send us a message or call us at (320) 250-9337.