Reviving a Dead Yard

If you care for your lawn, then you likely work hard to keep it lush and green. It can be frustrating when brownish patches or dead grass appear despite your best attempts to keep your lawn and keep it healthy. It may be possible to revitalize your lawn and fix the dead patches, although in cases of serious damage you may need to begin over from scratch.

Insect and Disease Treatment

If the harm to your lawn was caused by insects or disease, it may be tricky to revive the lawn until the underlying problem is treated. Consider grabbing a tuft of this grass and pulling up it; Utah State University Extension notes that when the sod pulls from the ground such as carpet off a ground, then you likely have grubs or other insects affecting your bud. These can be treated with insecticides. If it doesn’t, start looking for wilting, discoloration or other signs of infection near the edge of those dead areas in your lawn. If you don’t see definite signs of fungal growth, don’t use a fungicide to treat respiratory bud; several lawn diseases are short, so you will save yourself money and therapy time simply by letting the disease run its course and then fixing your lawn afterward.

Soil Testing

If your soil pH is too acidic or too alkaline, then bud might have trouble growing in your lawn. Examine the dirt having a testing kit or have it professionally tested to determine its pH. If the pH is high, you can decrease it by adding powdered sulfur to it, while low pH can be corrected by adding lime or other acidic substances. Add only a small amount at one time in accordance with package directions, watering or tilling the ground if necessary to help soil penetration.

Fertilizing and Watering

Grass needs water and nutrients just as with other plants. Excessive dryness or nutrient-poor dirt can harm grass, resulting in weakened or dead patches in your lawn. It is possible to use a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer granules, or until the soil to a depth of three or four inches and add organic materials to supply nutrients for your grass. If the soil appears to be dry, water the grass to provide much-needed moisture which can revitalize the present grass and assist new grass to grow.

Dethatching and Aeration

A buildup of thatch on your lawn can block sulfur and water from getting to the roots of the grass while choking out the grass itself. Running a dethatcher via your lawn or manually removing thatch using a rake eliminates the dead stuff to maintain your grass out of being suffocated. Aerating the soil also can help to encourage grass growth as it punches small holes in the ground which allow air and water to more easily penetrate the dirt.


Applying grass seed in dead areas that you have cleaned up assists you to revitalize your lawn by allowing new grass to replace the old. Eliminate the old grass and seed the bare place. If you choose to until the dead areas to add nutrients to the soil, seed the newly tilled soil and cover it with wax or other protective coverings until the new grass begins to grow.


If your lawn is heavily damaged, then you may have more success killing from the remaining grass using an herbicide. After that, until the ground around 6 inches deep to break it up and add new nutrients. When the soil is prepared, reseed the entire lawn and start developing a new lawn from scratch. Take care to avoid traffic in the lawn if possible while the new grass is growing to prevent harm. For quicker results, you might consider having sod installed when the old grass is gone.

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