Lawn Repair DIY

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A well-maintained lawn can be the pride and joy of any homeowner. However, even with the best care, common lawn problems can arise, leaving your once lush lawn looking less than perfect.

Whether you’re dealing with bare patches, weeds, or compacted soil, this article will guide you through simple do-it-yourself (DIY) lawn repair techniques to bring your lawn back to life.

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Repair damaged lawn with sod pallets.

Bare Patches

Bare patches in the lawn can develop due to heavy foot traffic, pet urine, pests, or disease. Read about lawn diseases from the Texas Plant Disease Handbook. To repair these patches, follow these steps:

Remove debris: Begin by raking the bare area to remove any dead grass or debris.

Loosen the soil: Use a garden fork or aerator to loosen the compacted soil in the bare patch. This will help promote proper root growth.

Add topsoil: Fill the patch with a mixture of topsoil and compost. Ensure that the patch is level with the surrounding soil.

Put down sod pallets: prepare the soil by removing debris and loosening it, lay the pieces of sod tightly together, and water thoroughly to encourage root establishment. Let us do the hard work for you. Head over to our sod installation service page.

Water and protect: Keep the patched area consistently moist by watering it daily. Cover the patch with a thin layer of straw or a light mulch to retain moisture and protect the seeds from birds.

Maintenance: As the grass begins to grow, gradually reduce watering frequency and mow the new growth when it reaches a height of about 3 inches. Eventually, it will blend seamlessly with the rest of the lawn. Read this pdf published by Texas A&M University to learn more about lawn water management.


Hand-pulling weeds is the most effective method of weed control.

Weeds can quickly take over a lawn, competing with grass for nutrients and moisture. To effectively control weeds, try the following DIY methods:

Hand pulling: For a small number of weeds, hand pulling can be an effective method. Ensure you remove the entire weed, including the root system. Wear gloves and pull the weeds when the soil is moist to make this task easier.

Mowing high: Set your lawnmower to a higher setting, around 3 inches, to encourage dense grass growth. This will shade the soil, making it difficult for weeds to establish themselves.

Apply herbicides: For larger weed infestations, consider using herbicides. Choose a selective herbicide that targets the specific types of weeds in your lawn. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and apply the herbicide when the weather conditions are suitable. Head over to our weed control services page for details on how we can help you.

Promote a healthy lawn: A vigorous, healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds. Ensure proper watering, regular fertilizing, and mowing practices to encourage strong grass growth that outcompetes weeds. Our lawn maintenance service is one of our most requested services.

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Loosen soil through lawn aeration.

Compacted Soil

Compacted soil can hinder the growth of grass roots, resulting in poor water absorption and nutrient uptake. To alleviate compacted soil, follow these steps:

Aerate the lawn: Rent or purchase a core aerator and run it over the entire lawn. This machine will remove small plugs of soil and create openings for better air circulation and water penetration. Think about hiring us for a lawn aeration service.

Top-dress the lawn: Spread a thin layer of compost or topsoil across the lawn. This will help improve soil structure, water retention, and nutrient availability.

Overseed: After aerating and top-dressing, spread grass seed evenly over the lawn. The new grass will help fill in any thin areas and assist in breaking up the compacted soil further.

Water and maintain: Keep the newly aerated and overseeded areas consistently moist until the grass establishes. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth.

Learn more about compacted soil by reading this pdf, “Soil Quality.”

Heat Stressed Lawn

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Mow lawn high. Long grass blades protect soil.

To fix a heat-stressed lawn, start by adjusting your watering schedule and ensuring you are watering deeply and infrequently. This encourages deep root growth and helps your lawn withstand drought conditions.

Secondly, raise the cutting height on your lawnmower to provide shade to the soil and protect it from further heat stress. Finally, consider applying a slow-release fertilizer to provide your lawn with essential nutrients and support its recovery.

By following these simple steps, you’ll have your lawn looking lush and healthy again in no time, ready for you to enjoy and relax on during those hot summer days.


Maintaining a vibrant and healthy lawn requires regular care and attention. By addressing common lawn problems such as bare patches, weeds, and compacted soil with these DIY lawn repair techniques, you can revitalize your lawn and restore its beauty.

Remember, prevention is key. Practice good lawn maintenance practices, including proper mowing, watering, fertilizing, and regular aeration, to keep your lawn in excellent condition throughout the year.

With a little time and effort, you can transform your lawn into a lush, green oasis that you can enjoy and take pride in.

Happy DIY lawn repair!

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