I have these big bald patches in my yard. I've tried Tide washing powder. Still bald.
Tamanie: dig up "old" dirt. Replace with a GOOD quality soil and try planting again.
Tide??? All you did was contaminate the soil, nothing will grow there until it is remediated. Whoever suggested that to you was mistaken. Here is how to repair.
Shop up soil, add some garden soil, sow seed cover with garden soil and keep watered.
If you can get bagged sheep or cow manure, use this instead of the top soil. They are usually about the same price. It has nutrients in it and when you seed and rake in new grass seed it will germinate faster and be healthier. Usually brown areas have been depleted from nutrients and so this should help fix two things, bare spot and good growth..
Hi Tamanie: I agree, the soil needs to be changed. Not a bunch, maybe the first 3 inches or so. Put in some Miracle Grow soil and seed, water well and water whenever it looks dry. Maybe put up a scarecrow or whirligigs to keep the birds away:) Don't use fresh manure, it has urine in it that will kill the grass, you need the old stuff.