UC IPM Online UC ANR home page UC IPM home page


SKIP navigation


How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Work the soil

The soil must be cultivated before the area can be replanted. With a garden rake, remove any debris that is present, such as old roots or other plant parts. Work the soil to break up clods and remove weeds. Till in soil amendments, if needed, and add starter fertilizer. Do the final grading with a long aluminum rake or a wooden lawn rake. Make sure the planting site is firm and level. Irrigate the site and allow it to settle before planting.

Next step to patching your lawn

Replant with seed, sod, stolons, sprigs, plugs

Photo of cultivating soil in a patch of lawn

Statewide IPM Program, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
All contents copyright © 2017 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

For noncommercial purposes only, any Web site may link directly to this page. FOR ALL OTHER USES or more information, read Legal Notices. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual solutions to specific pest problems. See our Home page, or in the U.S., contact your local Cooperative Extension office for assistance.

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Accessibility   Contact webmaster.