How do I get my grass to regrow where oil was poured on?

by Neecee

Someone poured oil in my grass while changing my oil and it was too late by the time I saw it. Since that time, that spot has been BALD. It is as if the oil has sunken underneath the levels of soil (that might be the case) and refuses to grow. I thought about digging the spot up and then filling the hole with topsoil. Will that work?

  5 answers
  • It might, if you dig deep enough. I would certainly give it a try. By the time you do the work and purchase materials, it might have been safer just to go to a professional service for the oil change. Technically it is illegal to dump used motor oil on the ground, hoping it was just a one time accident.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 16, 2019

    That is probably the only way to get grass back, just dig it up, replace the top soil and reseed. Make sure to keep the soil moist for the seeds to germinate and don't fertilize until it is tall enough and established good roots so that you don't burn the young roots.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 16, 2019

    Yes, you have to replace the soil.

  • Annie Annie on May 16, 2019

    Yes, just dig up that soil and replace it, then reseed.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on May 20, 2019

    Dig our the oil soil - and replace with new soil. Then plant grass seed.