Repairing Bare Lawn Spots


This article is sponsored by Pennington Seed.

As some of you thaw out from a long winter, you look to your lawn to usher in Spring and Summer with lush green grass. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case as your lawn may already be damaged from the previous year or the harsh winter has killed all or part of your your lawn.

We got a crash course in lawn care from our visit to Pennington Seed in Portland last year and came away with some amazing tips to apply to our own lawn. We used Pennington’s 1-Step Complete and in a few weeks our spotty lawn was full and lush.

We wanted to share a full how-to for repairing bare spots. These tips are courtesy of Pennington Seed who are offering a $50 Giveaway to one of our readers who shares their best lawn care tip. Keep reading for the how-to and Giveaway details.


Repairing Bare Spot How-To: 
1. Mow your lawn closely, then remove leaves, dead grass, etc.
2. Rake lightly and aerate the bare spots to prepare the seedbed.
3. Conduct a soil test to be sure the soil has the proper balance of nutrients.
4. Fertilize and add soil amendments if needed.
5. Sow the seed and gently rake to cover.
6. Keep the lawn moist until seedlings are established, then water as needed.

Pennington Smart Seed remains green for up to three weeks without water and requires up to 30 percent less water year after year versus ordinary seed. As a pure bred, drought-resistant seed, Smart Seed helps establish fuller, healthier and greener lawns, while efficiently using natural resources.

By using a high-quality seed that requires less water, like Smart Seed, lawns are more resilient and easier to maintain.

Every bag contains pure seed and no filler—improving resistance to disease, insects and drought.

We’re also big fans of Pennington’s 1Step Complete which contains everything needed to fill bare spots. Seed and fertilizer in one.


We’ll keep you posted on how our lawn looks after the 1Step Complete has had some time to grow.

Fast Facts on Drought, Water Use & Your Yard
1. In 2012, the U.S. experienced the hottest year on record and two-thirds of the country faced drought— the most ever experienced
2. Americans spend on average 73 hours a year maintaining their lawns—watering being a main focus of time and energy
3. Lawns require approximately 1 inch of water per week to stay green in the summer, which equates to about 2,500 gallons of water per week to keep an average-sized lawn green
4. Up to 50% of the water used outdoors is wasted due to inefficient watering methods and maintenance practices (evaporation, wind, runoff, plant types)

All of these reason add up to how important it is to choose a drought resistant lawn seed.

On to the Giveaway!!! Simply share your favorite lawn or garden tip in the comments below and on Sunday, May 12th at Noon we will select a winner of the $50 . Good luck!

[box type=”shadow”] Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Pennington Seed. They do not tell bloggers what to say about their products or how to say it. Pennington Seed’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.[/box]

You Might Also Like

  • Csjm94

    that is too kewl.

  • Hi,
    I have heard so much about the Kohler brand and the designs they introduced in the market are also amazing.. I have the tub of their company and it’s so comfortable and stylish..
    hot tubs for sale

  • Kohler is one of the leading  brand of bathtub. It has really nice collections of bathtub…All the bathtubs of this company are superb..

  • Cheryl

    Let it grow long and don’t cut lawns so short for a healthier lawn.

  • mark antonn

    Do your plantings in the fall not spring – Maark Anton

  • my favorite garden tip is to put used coffee grounds around the roses. They will thrive.

  • eileen d

    Fertilize early helps your lawn grow in nice and pretty for spring.

  • don’t mow too often.

  • Nancy Hall

    My favorite gardening tip is to find plants and flowers native to your area. They are easier to grow, take less care and look much better.

  • don’t cut lawns too short when mowing and don’t over water plants and bushes

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  • margaretsmith

    Fertilize both in the spring and fall for a healthy lawn.

  • Water that lawn early, early in the AM and use cat food tins (or sardine tins) to measure your water volume (you’re looking for half an inch). And since I’m from Kentucky, might I recommend bluegrass (if it’s appropriate for your zone)?

  • Emily

    Water either early morning or late evening to keep the water from evaporating.

  • Don’t cut the lawn too short, it ends up killing the grass.

  • abfantom

    Water your lawn in the morning to reduce the chance of the lawn of getting disease.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • sksweeps

    don’t cut more than 1/3 of the height of the grass



  • Carol Bryant

    Water in the evenings

  • jalapenomama

    Gardening tip – I buy a 40# bag of dried cow manure, add it to the soil soon after it’s tilled.
    Thank you.

  • Deb S

    We water in the early mornings

  • cynthiac

    Try planting native plants. They will thrive and attract birds and butterflies.

  • Kiko @ Dr. Pipe Inc.

    Here in Florida, we do not suffer from winter, but when it rains too much we have to go through a similar process.

  • Deb Christie

    Don’t water lawns at night. It encourages molds and fungi etc.

  • Use perilite for drainage! 2 to 1 soil to perlite for potted plants for better drainage.

  • Fertilize and water often

  • helps to use fertilizer

  • Don’t put up your badminton net in an area with sparse grass. It will ruin what little there is.

  • Suzanne Lewis

    Water early in the morning or after dark when it isn’t too hot and the sun won’t soak all the water right back up.

  • We use white vinager to kill weeds

  • Mary Calabrese

    Fence areas where bunnies will eat and ruin your plants.

  • Denise Lewandowski

    My favorite tip is don’t water near noon, but in the evening or morning

  • Derk Thomas

    Fertilize, lime in the fall, and do not mow too short

  • Atreau

    I use coffee grounds to plant my tomato plants.

  • susan1215

    Don’t bag your yard clippings. leaving your clippings on the lawn is like feeding your lawn for free.
    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  • My favorite tip is to collect rainwater in a rain barrel to water your lawn

  • Make sure that you fertilize your lawn once in the spring and once in the fall

  • If you have a kiddie pool, move it around the yard during the summer. Otherwise, not only will it kill the grass there will be a horrible smell of decomposing grass. Yuck!

  • susan1215

    The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup”
    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  • susansmoaks

    my lawn tip is to work together on the lawn every weekend so that it stays nice looking and you and your spouse can enjoy each other!

  • Brian E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…it is best to water the lawn in the early morning hours right before sunrise..

  • Karen H

    Just let it grow

  • Kyle Gordon

    Give it a rest and dont’ cut too short

  • jesse1111

    Make it rain!!!!

  • andrea gruber

    love your grass