No one wants to be that house, the one with the brown, dying lawn. For the enjoyment of your family and for the aesthetic of your property, if your lawn does start to turn you will want to revive it as soon as possible. The good news is that your brown lawn can be saved, and with a few steps you can bring your grass back to bright, healthy green in no time.
Reasons for Dying Grass
Grass turns brown in response to stress. The first step in caring for your lawn is knowing the cause of the browning. There are a few different reasons your grass may be dying:
1. Drought: This is a big problem across the United States, making drought the biggest reason for dying grass. Many households decide to not water their lawn and rely solely on rainwater. Your lawn can only tolerate drought for about four to six weeks, and any periods of hot weather after this point may kill the lawn.
2. Improper Watering: Shallow, frequent irrigations cause dehydrated, weak roots that cannot stand against the summer sun. On the contrary, if your lawn looks vibrant and green and not wilted or brown, don’t over-water your lawn!
3. Insects: The roots of bug-infested grass are weak, which makes it easy to pull up a small amount of your grass to check for pests. Overly fertilized and excessively watered grass is the perfect home for insects.
4. Mowing too Low: Mowing your lawn too short will stress your grass and cause it to dry out, especially in the summer heat. Your lawn needs to be at the proper length, so it can grow and remain healthy.
Saving Your Browning Lawn
If your lawn is browning, there’s hope! Here’s how to revive your brown lawn:
Regularly irrigate your lawn for three to four weeks.
Water your lawn deeply once a week, getting down to the roots, and be sure to customize your sprinkler’s placement and settings so that you’re not wasting water by watering the sidewalk or watering your lawn in the rain. You can set a timer on your spigot, which will allow for 15-20 minutes of solid watering.
The best time to water your lawn is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the sun is not as strong, allowing for the water to deeply seep saturate the grassroots.
Mow your lawn to the proper height
Once your grass starts to grow again, you can start mowing. Set your mower to 3 ½ inches, and do not scalp the lawn to try to remove brown grass. The new, green grass will grow around brown patches. Until your lawn is back to normal, use your grass clippings as a fertilizer.
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