Bare Patches

Bare patches in lawns can have many causes, the most common causes are described here. First the cause must be addressed and then the lawn can be repaired.

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These are the most common causes of bare patches in lawns:


It is important to identify and solve the underlying problem that caused the bare patches before the patches are repaired. Use the links in the Identifying section above or the Problem Solver to identify the problem in your lawn and find the solution.

Patch Repair


  1. Use a rake to remove dead grass and debris from the bald patch and to loosen the top layer of the soil a little.
  2. Water the bare patch with a watering can or sprinkler until the soil is moist.
  3. If the level of the bare patch is much lower than the surrounding soil, you will need to level it off using a fine layer of top soil.
  4. Rake this over to level it off and incorporate a little soil with the surrounding lawn so the patch is not so defined.

Sowing Seed

  1. Ensuring the contents are well mixed, scoop out a handful of LawnPro Smart Patch Mix* and scatter onto the soil of the damaged area.
  2. Make sure that the mixture covers all the bare patch.
  3. Rake lightly to incorporate with the top soil.
  4. Water gently with a watering can or gentle sprinkler.

After Sowing

  1. Keep the patch moist by watering gently but deeply every couple of days taking care not to wash the seeds away.
  2. Protect the patch from being disturbed by keeping children and pets off the area.
  3. The new patch can be mowed when new growth is established (5-8 cm high).

*For large areas and new lawns use LawnPro Smart Lawn Seed. For thickening lawns that have thinned out but don't have distinct bare patches use LawnPro Lawn Thickener.

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