Caring for Your Scorched Lawn
Posted by Client Care on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 11:19am.
So if you are like me, you have recently noticed (I'm talking like in the last week) that your lawn has changed from a lush green to a hay straw brown! Even after all the talk about how dry everything has been, I just assumed the lawn got enough rain a few weeks ago, and did not notice the gradual change. So what do I do now? Well, I need to get out there and start properly caring for my lawn before it gets worse and moves into the land of no return. The information I am presenting was collected from several of the top lawn care websites as well as local professionals. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, just walk into your local home improvement or garden care store, the associates there should be able to help.
The first key to caring for your lawn is to identify what you're dealing with. Especially in places like Colorado where our soil is known for being dry and rocky or mostly sand and clay, there are different ways you can improve your soil and thus create better growing conditions for your grass. The best way to prevent your lawn from browning or burning in the first place, is to water early in the day or late in the evening and to keep it up throughout the spring, summer and fall. If lack of water and too much sunlight are the culprits of your problems, you can consider yourself lucky, because most lawns will eventually respond to regular watering (be sure not to over water), seed and fertilizer. However, if you determine your lawn is burnt because of too much fertilizer or because it is your dog's new favorite potty spot, you have a bit more work ahead of you than the suggestions mentioned below.
The first thing you need to do is mow your lawn and remove dead grass and rocks. By clearing out the area you will be promoting growth once you have completed all the steps. Next, you will want to break up the soil a bit in the areas that need to be revived. Here is where you will want to take your specific soil into consideration again. If your soil is too dry to break up, water it thoroughly and try again. You can even sprinkle some top soil down in the areas that are bare. I found some sites that suggested ripping out the dead grass and digging up a few centimeters of soil, but that is not necessary for lawns that still have strong roots. But, you should cut the really bad sections of lawn as low as possible and loosen the roots a bit. Then, use a good quality seed and apply it to the affected areas. Apply fertilizer to the other parts of your lawn to prevent future problems, however you do not want to add any to the spots you have just seeded.
The first few times you will want to water everything thoroughly so the seeds germinate. Also develop a watering schedule that is consistent with the coolest times of the day, so the water the new grass receives can be absorbed fully. Keep an eye on your lawn after growth has begun and if browning returns or things appear too dry, you may need to provide shade to the affected areas.
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