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How to Resod Grass: Replace Dead Grass Patches

Updated: May 23, 2019

Re-sod a bad spot in your lawn in minutes

illustration of a piece of sod being laid into a bare patch of ground
Restore dead spots in your lawn instantly with new sod. This resodding technique takes only minutes.

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Cut and patch with new sod

Resod Photo 1: Cut the sod patch

Lay the new sod over the dead spot and cut through both with a sharp spade.

Resod Photo 2: Set the new sod

Dig the turf from the dead area and lay in the new sod patch. Water well.

Here’s how to cut out damaged grass and cut a sod patch that fits perfectly in its place: Lay a piece of sod over the bad spot and slice through both the sod and the damaged turf below with a sharp spade. Then dig out the bad spot and plug in the new sod. Water it daily for a couple of weeks and it will blend invisibly into your lawn.

Need to sod a bigger area? Here’s how to prepare for sod installation.

Required Tools for this resod project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Spade

Required Materials for this resod project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • New sod