by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 15, 2021)
Several summers ago we had temperatures with sustained highs of over 100 degrees every day for 60 days. As a result, many lawns in our neighborhood were burned from the high heat. Three seasons later, I still have bald spots in my lawn.
There are myriad reasons why a lawn could develop lawn spots, such as sustained high temperatures that burn the grass or urine from animals such as rodents, dogs, or cats. Perhaps you've set objects on your grass, such as firewood, a burn barrel, trash cans, a wheelbarrow, or a tent. Leaving those types of things on your lawn will retard the growth of the grass underneath, causing lawn spots. Or perhaps you've become overzealous with fertilizer, spilled chemicals, or had a construction project that caused lawn deterioration. Mother Nature may have left her calling card on your lawn, causing lawn spots through weather damage, lawn diseases, or insects that cause spotty lawn destruction.
Whatever the reason your lawn has spots, you might want to consider using sod to patch them. Here are some tips for using sod to patch your lawn spots:
For the first few weeks, water the new sod until the roots have established themselves into the soil below. Every few days, gently lift a corner to visually inspect for root growth. Once the sod is resistant to being pulled up, then you know the roots have been established firmly.
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