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55. Patch a Dead Spot in Your Lawn

Spreading some seed, watering it, and thinking happy thoughts isn't going to work, says Roger Cook. You need to get at the root of the problem—whatever is causing the grass to die. Most likely, it's poor soil. Dig it out and combine it with compost, then spread seed and starter fertilizer. Better yet, cover the area with sod that you've cut out of a mulch bed or some other unwanted area.
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