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How To Patch A Lawn With Jello

Updated on February 14, 2010

Looking to repair those unsightly bald or brown spots in your otherwise beautiful green lawn? If you've attempted to patch a small area of your lawn in the past, you probably know how difficult it is to sow those tiny grass seeds evenly throughout the area needing the patch. For large areas, a seed spreader or perhaps planting sod would be ideal, but for small lawn patches, Jello will do the trick. You'll have a perfectly patched lawn, and it's simple to do. Here's how:

  1. Prepare the surface. Remove any debris and loosen the top 1/2 inch of soil.
  2. Mix the Jello powder with cool water. In a bowl or a pot slowly add cool water to the Jello mix as you stir. Continue until you reach a mustard-like consistency.
  3. Mix the grass seeds into the gel. Add two tablespoons of grass seed for each 6 oz. package of Jello. Stir well to distribute the grass seeds evenly throughout your mixture.
  4. Pour your mixture into a plastic zipper bag. Using scissors, snip off about 1/4 inch from one of the bottom corners.
  5. Apply the mixture.Squeeze the bag to release the Jello/grass seed mix. Apply in rows spaced approximately 1 inch apart. Overlap the edges of the bare spot by about 3 inches on each perimeter to allow for a seamless blending appearance.

Now that you've applied your Jello grass seed patch, you may be wondering; How is Jello going to help my grass seed grow? Well here's what it's doing for you and your lawn:

  • The gelatin texture will house the seeds, and prevent them from blowing around on windy days, while it will slowly seep to cover the bare spot in your lawn evenly.
  • The nitrogen in Jello will act as a natural fertilizer, speeding up germination and creating a stronger root system for your new grass.
  • The natural sugars in Jello will nourish the microbes in the soil, providing nutrients for your grass seeds as they grow and eliminating the need for early fertilization.

Your newly repaired lawn is sure to be the talk of the town. That old saying that the grass is always greener on the other side will have your neighbors green with envy!

Barkley Rosehill researches alternative uses for household products. His articles provide useful information to allow the reader to save money. You can find more interesting ideas at his blog: The Savvy Saver


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      4 years ago

      Neat! Great info. I will try this is in the spring when I patch the bare spots in my lawn. Thanks for sharing!

    • Top Rated Recipes profile image

      Top Rated Recipes 

      6 years ago

      I use jello for a wide variety of recipes in my kitchen (in fact I made a tray of strawberry daiquiri jello shots for a family reunion last Saturday), but I never knew it could assist me in the garden as well! Quite interesting I have a few bare spots from some shrubs that I removed in the spring

      I'll try your jello trick when I patch them up

      in early fall. Thanks for the tip I guess I'll have to check out your blog and see what else is up that sleeve

    • Duce Arendell profile image

      Duce Arendell 

      7 years ago

      You can patch a lawn with Jello huh? I'll have to give this a shot this spring. My lawn looks like crap with all of the bald and brown spots. Every year I try to improve it with seed, but it never helps very much. This year I was going to lay new sod, but I'll give the grass seed one last shot using the jello this time and see if I get an improvement. I'll let you know during the summer what the results are. Thanks for the help.

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      8 years ago from the short journey

      Too cool.

    • mod2vint profile image


      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting, would it work on an entire lawn?


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