How To Patch A Lawn With Jello
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:
- Prepare the surface. Remove any debris and loosen the top 1/2 inch of soil.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour your mixture into a plastic zipper bag. Using scissors, snip off about 1/4 inch from one of the bottom corners.
- 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!
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