Bare Spot Lawn Rejuvination

Asked September 10, 2018, 4:27 PM EDT

Should I be "roughing up" the soil on the bare spots before planting grass seed? Seed is not taking hold. Soil type is Santiago-Kingsley in Stillwater high ground above river.

Washington County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. Yes, you do need to prepare the soil for the seed. Rough up the bare areas with a garden rake, spread seed, go over the seed with the back of the rake (non-toothed edge) so that most of the seed is very slightly covered. Some small percentage of seed should still show. Read about seeding lawns here:

Thank you for contacting Extension.