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  1. The key to successful reseeding is to create a fine seed bed and good seed-to-soil contact. To do this you need to first pull any weeds from the area being reseeded. Next, loosen the soil to a depth of 6 inches, then level the soil and smooth out the area with the back of a garden rake. Mix the grass seed with compost or a slow-release lawn fertilizer, then broadcast the seed with a seed spreader or evenly distribute the seed mix over the prepared bare patch by hand. Use the flat end of the rake to gently press the seeds into the soil, or cover the newly seeded area with a 1/8- to 1/4-inch layer of seedling mix or light compost. Finally, water the area thoroughly and keep the seed bed slightly moist at all times until seedlings establish themselves.

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