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What you need:
  • Half moon edger
  • Sod
  • A piece of plywood large enough to fit over the damaged area
  • Hand fork

An alternative to reseeding a bare spot on a lawn is repairing the damaged area with sod. One of the benefits of using sod is that the damaged area can be walked upon and mowed almost immediately.
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You will need a piece of plywood large enough to cover the damaged area. Lay the board over the bare spot and use a half moon edger to cut through the turf, following the edge of the board.
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Undercut the turf with an edger or a square headed spade, and discard or compost the material that you remove.
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Break up the soil under the turf with a hand cultivator or garden fork.
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Place the piece of plywood in the center of the sod you will be using to repair the bare spot. Cut through the sod, again following the edge of the board.
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Lay the piece of sod into the hole. Check that the new piece of sod is at the same level as the rest of the lawn. Add or remove soil as necessary to achieve the proper level.
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Use the plywood to firm in the sod. Place the wood perpendicular to the new piece of sod and stand on it. Repeat this over the whole area. Top dress the sod with an even mixture of sand and compost that has been sieved through inch wire mesh. Apply about a inch of the mixture. Water the area well and you're done.