How to Resod Grass: Replace Dead Grass Patches

Re-sod a bad spot in your lawn in minutes

Restore dead spots in your lawn instantly with new sod. This technique takes only minutes.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Cut and patch with new sod

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.

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Required Tools for this 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 Project

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

  • New sod