The stuff I swear by is the EZ Seed that looks like grass seed mixed with instant coffee. When you add water to it, it expands like a sponge and holds water in all day long so your grass seed has just enough moisture and doesn't dry out. You can't just dump it on top of the grass though you have to prepare the patches by ripping out the dead grass and adding a bit of fresh topsoil to the hole.
I had about 30 pee patches from dog pee all over the yard, and the dead grass came up super easy. There were a few spots where it felt like the brown patch had some good roots in it still, so I let it go and I'm hoping it will come back on its own. Of course all the holes would eventually fill themselves as the grass sends out shoots to the side, but some fresh seed will help it along for sure.
|Cleaned the dead patch like cleaning a wound so it's ready for fresh seed|
|Filled the empty patch with fresh topsoil so the grass seed has nooks and crannies to catch onto|
|Room mate Zack helping out in the yard|
|Love this stuff, but it was like $54 for the big bag. A bit pricey but better than the smaller jugs.|
|Final result, now we wait for a week for the seeds to germinate.|
I also added some topsoil and EZ Seed to the low spot where the pear tree used to be 2 years ago, this is still not naturalized into the rest of the lawn after all this time!
Update: 10 days later...