How do I get my grass to grow back?


Hello! My grass have been dead for a while and it’s not growing back. Will it even grow back or is I just going to stay dead? Any advice on how to get it to grow back would help!

  19 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 23, 2020

    Hello. Have you had your soil tested? It’s recommended every few years. With that information you can identify what your soil needs for optimal turf growing.

    Additionally for the best local professional advice

    I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

    If your office is closed....there Might be alternative online venues like Ask an Expert as well as emailing your local master gardeners extension office for their

    guidance.... in a non contact manner.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 23, 2020

    Hi Harley, why did your grass die to begin with so that it needs to grow back? There are many contributing to factors on why grass may die and until those factors are removed the grass will probably not grow back.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 23, 2020

    Harley: maybe it's too shady or wet in that area. Or... one thing I've done is get GOOD garden soil and easy a thick layer --- then sod pieces. Water WELL for 3-4 weeks.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 23, 2020

    Is your grass dead due to insect infestation, animal damage, excessive drought, or is this a new home with builder's grass seed that rarely lives long? Did you cut your grass too short?

    Did you have the soil tested?

    What type of grass seed was planted? Some go dormant in extreme heat but regrow in cooler weather. Some grass can be damaged by animals urinating on the grass (deer can do damage to very large sections, depending upon the size of the herd).

    Japanese beetles will also do major damage to lawns. You need to know specifically what you're dealing with, to find the correct remedy. Have your neighbors had this problem?

  • Maura White Maura White on Jul 23, 2020

    You may need to add some more grass seed and cover it with a bit of straw so that the seeds to wash away or clump into one location. Otherwise just weeds will grow where the grass died.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jul 23, 2020

    Rake it well and reseed the lawn

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 23, 2020

    If it was me I would start over. Kill what is there and alive if any, till and amend and then reseed.

    You need to address whatever issue killed your lawn to begin with and correct that so you don't have the same problem again.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jul 23, 2020
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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 23, 2020

    We used Scott's Seed and Feed when our lawn got patchy it it filled in very nicely. Some grass grows under only certain conditions (full sun, shade, etc.) so you want to consider your yard, the type of grass seed you'll need and you can get your soil tested for optimal fertilizing. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 24, 2020

    If too far gone, you may want to remove it and replant

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 24, 2020

    It would depend on what happened to kill it. If you used a herbicide, it could have killed your soil for a few years. You best bet would be to amend the soil or add topsoil. Then start over.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jul 24, 2020

    Check out the products on Amazon for growing grass. Read the costumer reviews to see how well the products work.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 24, 2020

    My grass and my neighbors always goes dead in Aug - Sept. Then when the rainy season starts it grows back, but one year we had a drought and one section did not come back. I do put Scott's Weed and Feed on it each fall which helps it grow back lush and fill in any dead areas. Rake out the dead area, and then mix some top soil and grass seed in a bucket and throw it around the dead area(s). And if its dry, water daily for a few weeks.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 25, 2020

    you need to fertilize your grass and also use weed killers as well- you could hire a service that comes monthly or quarterly to do this for you or buy the items and do it yourself

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 25, 2020

    Water it every day for two weeks it wil grow

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 26, 2020

    Hi Harley. Boy, you are having problems inside and out :) For your grass, rake away any dead grass and rough up the area with your rake. You can even remove some of the dirt and replace it with top soil. Water it pretty good and then put down some grass seed and cover the area with straw. Otherwise the birds will have a feast! After a couple of days, move a bit of the straw and see if the area is still moist. If not, water it, on top of the straw. After a week, you should see some grass growing. You can remove the straw gently and water again. Keep the area moist by watering every day with a gentle spray and you should be o.k. Good luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 08, 2021

    What's "awhile'? if its been dead for a year, I doubt it will come back. I had that problem on a portion of my yard during a drought year. I raked out all the dead stuff, added some soil, leveled it with the rake, and seeded it, then watered daily.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 16, 2021

    Hello there,

    Rotovate the grass in , add fresh top soil over. Tamp down until level, then rake surface and lay new turf or re-seed and water. To have a good lawn you need to look after it. You can buy a cheap book on the subject from Garden Centres and elsewhere.