However drought-resistant the variety of grass, it will need some water, and clearly this patch below the covered area has received virtually none, hence the problem; so, unless you are prepared for the backache involved in watering it manually, you will have to buy a sprinkler. As I don't have one myself, I can't recommend one, but there are plenty of inexpensive sprinklers for sale on eBay, Australia, here, which should fit the bill. Re-seeding is not an option in winter, because the soil isn't warm enough, so I suggest you:
- Square off the area around the patch;
- Remove the thatch and the grass around it;
- Break up the soil to a depth of about 12- 15";
- Add a little topsoil;
- Apply a good fertilizer (such as Growmore - 2 oz per sq yard);
- About a week later, lay the same variety of turf. Fill the cracks between the pieces of turf with some soil to which you have added a little sand, and keep the repair well-watered.