sod repair - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
Question by mawutor
April 22, 2010
i had new sod installed last spring. this past fall, i thought i was protecting my new sod by leaving the fallen leaves on it!! big mistake!! its dry and dead. what can i do to bring it back to life?

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2010


I can understand your reasoning. The fallen leaves should have provided some protection from the cold. However, they also blocked sunlight and got soggy enough to keep the turf too wet. Raking them off the lawn is important before winter sets in. It's possible that only the tops of the grass were killed and the roots are okay. If this is the case, your lawn should green up when the weather warms and it begins to grow. Just feed and mow on schedule. If it doesn't green up by May, you may need to rake out the dead parts and overseed, or transfer plugs from the healthy part of your lawn to the bare areas. It's laborious but will result in a nice green lawn later in the season. Best wishes with your lawn.

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