Dried grass leaves your lawn looking a little more like the desert than lush green turf. Thankfully, if you’re in need of some help reviving that oasis-like paradise, there’s an easy solution: water! Give it all to your thirsty plants and leave them alone for this weekend so they can fully drink up their fill. By Monday morning–or even sooner depending on how much sun has been beating down on those blades of greenery–your once parched patch should be back into its typical healthy state again.
Tips for How to Revive Dead Grass
The first step in resuscitating your lawn for the summer is to double-check that they’re really dead. In colder parts of America, grass may go dormant during droughts and heat waves when it’s too hot or dry out. The crowns are a good place to start checking because if you can see green there then this could be just a temporary thing! The last thing you want is a brown, dried-out lawn. But if your grass turns out looking like that after the drought ends, no amount of watering can fix it. This kind of damage to their crowns will kill off any chance for recovery unless they are replaced with new ones and an ample supply of water given immediately afterward. Save yourself some time by taking care before things get bad!
If your lawn is experiencing any kind of distress, you can try to revive it yourself. If the problem seems too big for you though and if your whole lawn needs reviving, then there’s a good chance that professional help may be in order.
Here’s how to revive dried patches of grass:
To keep your yard looking its best, you’ll need to clean up the plants that are invading. Pull out weeds and use herbicide, if necessary, then dethatch the lawn so nutrients can flow into the soil below without obstruction. Next, you should till 5 to 6 inches of soil. You can also add organic compost and increase the nutritional content by reducing clay soil bulkiness as well as improving sand soils with water-holding capacity. Finally, phosphorus levels in the dirt need to be checked before adding grass starter fertilizer which will help new grass grow faster and healthier! Lastly, you can plant sod or reseed. Cover the space with grass seed and a thin layer of dirt to protect the seeds. You have two options: laying down one type of covering (grass) or both types at once for more variety in your lawn’s appearance as it grows back over time. Make sure that new pieces are securely attached to old ones on all sides and their roots are touching soil before planting them again!
How to Avoid Dried Grass in the Future
Once you have revived your dried grass, keep it looking great with these tips:
For a couple of weeks, water the freshly repaired patches every day to keep them moist. Gradually lessen the frequency as your lawn becomes more established and you mow it once a week. Give it some extra love throughout fall with fertilizing every four or five weeks! A beautiful lawn is a sign of success. However, it takes more than just watering and mowing to maintain one! There are three main steps you can take in order to keep your grass lush: fertilizing once spring and again in the fall; aerating or dethatching every few years so that the soil has room for air circulation; don’t allow animals onto your turf, especially dogs with acidic urine who will cause permanent damage if they pee on recently cut blades of grass. A summer without the necessary steps to maintain a green lawn can be devastating for your living space. Learn how you should care for it during this time! Dilute any excrement with water if you have no other options and move pools or waterslides up around the yard so that one patch of grass doesn’t get suffocated before winter comes again.