Answer: Bare spots and light brown patches can indicate poor soil fertility and poor drainage. The best approach would be to rake out the dead grass, loosen the soil, and then reseed. If the area is extensive you might also want to aerate and dethatch the entire lawn area and overseed. Wait until early fall when seedlings will have a better chance of germinating and rooting. Keep your lawn watered as necessary and put the lawn on a regular ferilization schedule. A thick lawn rarely has weed or disease problems. I fertilize with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium four times a year (April, June, September and late November). This keeps the lawn green most of the year. (Some grasses are cool season and will die out in summer; some grasses are warm season and will die out in winter.) To have a green lawn all year around, use both warm and cool season grass seeds. Best wishes with your lawn!
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