Lawn grass has small patches with no grass - Knowledgebase Question

Redmond, Wa
Question by sunnyv6
January 13, 2008
My lawn (otherwise in a perfectly healthy condition with light green grass) has a few (6-8) patches of say 4 by 4 inches which does not grow grass. I have been taking good care of the lawn and have been cleaning, watering it regularly. However, these patches make me worry. Is there anything I can do? All other regions of the lawn are perfectly good.

Another question - When I cleaned up my lawn of the fallen leaves yesterday, I saw certain areas in the lawn where the cluster of leaves had gathered has turned very bad. It looks very moist and looks the grass has turned bad. Or it may be that I am confused. Can you advise me accordingly?

Should I let the fallen leaves lie on the ground - do they act as a fertilizer? How often should I clean?

I can send photos if required.

Answer from NGA
January 13, 2008


The dead patches in your lawn might be caused by a number of things but the easiest way to remedy the situation is to rake out the dead grass, rough up the soil and reseed the areas this spring. As for the fallen leaves, if they are allowed to remain on the lawn they will essentially suffocate the grass. Try to rake them up once a week to ensure that your grass gets the sunlight and good air circulation it requires. While leaves do break down and provide nutrients as they decompose, it would be better to rake them up and compost them in a separate place. After they have decomposed you can use them as mulch around your flowers or vegetables.

Best wishes with your lawn!

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