Are you unsettled because your once green, lush, & weed free lawn looks brown and dead coming out of winter? Do not worry. Lawns become dormant over the winter and may take on a “less than lush” appearance once spring starts to emerge. When grass goes dormant for the cold winter months, it shuts down and turns brown in order to conserve water & nutrients. One way to determine if your lawn is dead or just dormant is to pull gently on your brown grass. Dead grass will come out easily, while dormant grass will have some resistance and feel more like pulling out healthy grass.
How To Get Your Thick Green Lawn Back:
- Limit Lawn Traffic – Revive dormant grass by limiting traffic. Limit traffic by keeping kids, pets and guests off of the lawn.
- Reseed – Reseed or replace grass patches that do not come back.
- Fertilize – Fertilization coupled with rainfall or irrigation, will help “jump-start” the plants to recover from drought dormancy.
- Water – You need to water your lawn to re-hydrate the grass & wet the soil thoroughly.
- Control Lawn Weeds – Turf-grass roots hold water and other nutrients during dormancy. Weeds steel these nutrients. Limiting lawn weeds leads to a healthier grass plant.
- Mow Your Lawn – Maintain a regular lawn height to reduce stress. Mow in the early morning or late in the evening. Use a sharp blade and don not remove more than 1/3 height of the turf Mow your lawn more frequent. Do not mow low. Short grass grows just as quick as taller grass.