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In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows you how to patch a lawn.

Grass Patch Repair Steps:

1. Use shovel to dig out section of damaged lawn. Check for weak roots and poor soil.

2. Dig out 6 inches of poor soil.

3. Fill the excavated area with a mixture of topsoil, compost and sand.

4. Use a rake to spread and lightly compact the topsoil mixture.

5. Add more mixture and compact again; repeat until topsoil is 1 inch below grade.

6. Lay sod over the area, making sure to butt the pieces tightly together.

Cut the sod to fit using a snap-off utility knife.

7. Be sure to stagger the joints between courses of sod.

8. Water the sod twice a day for the first two weeks.