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 tell 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 Do You 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 Weeds. Weeds can take nutrients from the roots of turf that hold water for the dormant stage.
- Mow Your Lawn. Maintain the regular height of the grass to reduce the stress. Mow the lawn only 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.