How to Fill in Divots Caused by Rain

Most of the time, you won’t even notice divots on your property. That is, until it rains and they become little pockets of standing water that draw bugs and wild animals to your yard. Or worse, you step in one and lose your footing! Divots may be small, but they are actually a big problem. They may occur in soil, grass, even in cement.

Repairing Divots

Divots aren’t going to go away on their own. Once you’ve got a divot, it’s only going to get bigger and become a bigger problem. You may need to take care of it once you see the them, and follow all the steps to repair the divot the right way, though there are instances when you will want to wait. Fix those holes in your lawn and garden areas well, and you won't have to repair them again.

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Step 1 - Wait for Spring

If possible, wait to fix your divots until late spring. This is when the grass will be growing fastest, so your lawn will repair itself quickly after you fix the divot. Within a couple of weeks, the area where the divot once was will look indistinguishable from the rest of your lawn. In landscape and garden areas, there’s no need to wait. You can simply repair the divot as soon as you notice the problem and gather the necessary materials.

Step 2 - Remove Grass

If there is grass in or immediately around the divot, pry it up with a hand shovel. Work with precision and go slowly, because you can re-use the flap of grass to place it back over the filled divot. Tamp down the grass, water it, and the area will naturally repair itself over the course of a few days.

Step 3 - Fill in the Divot

Use a mixture of sand and soil to fill divots. Mix the two together in a roughly 50-50 blend. For garden areas, you can use compost instead of sand. This mixture of sand and soil allows grass and other plants to take root quickly. Sand drains well and it doesn't harden when it dries out. Because sand is loose material, grass roots grow quickly to encourage blades of grass above. When filling the divot, allow the top of your filled-in area to rise just about a half inch above the surrounding area. Water the spot, and it will settle and level out on its own.

Step 4 - Clean the Area

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If you're repairing small divots in cement, clean the area well first with soap and water. When needed, use a wire brush to remove old paint or debris from the divot. Fill the divots with a concrete repairing material, which may also be marked as concrete patch material. Mix it up according to the product instructions and apply it smoothly across the divot area with a small trowel or putty knife. Let this dry for at least 24 hours, and add more patching material, if necessary, until the divot is filled and even with the surrounding surface.

Step 5 - Check Your Divot Repair

After your repair is complete, wait about a week and go inspect the area. The grass, soil, or cement should be smooth and even, with no trace of the divot left. Step on the area to make sure it feels level and will no longer be a hazard on your property. If the divot isn’t repaired, repeat the steps again to properly fill the divot. If you notice divots reappearing in your yard, you don’t have a problem with divots caused by rain. Your divots are most likely caused by wildlife, such as gophers. Taking care of this problem requires a different process.

Filling Divots

Learn how to fill divots on your property properly, and eliminate those little pockets of danger that make your yard a lot less nice. With a little time and care, you can fix the problems with your lawn. Once you know the right way to fill up your divots, they don’t ever have to cause you a headache again.