Luscious green grass makes a beautiful addition to your home. However, sometimes being a proud lawn owner can be a little stressful. This is particularly true when brown spots seemingly appear overnight.
These patches can suggest that your turf is either dead and therefore, not coming back, or perhaps dormant, which is a natural protection mechanism in order to withstand harsh weather changes.
Differentiating between dead and inactive patches can be hard work. So, with this in mind, here are 4 easy ways to not only understand but also improve what is happening with your yard.
4 tips for lawn maintenance
Achieving a perfectly manicured and vibrant yard can seem like a lot of hard work. Throw in the fact that greenery can die or become dormant at any time and it seems downright stressful. However, with these 4 easy tips, it’s never been easier to enjoy your garden.
1. Pull out the grass
This may seem counterintuitive, however, this simple action can tell you a whole lot. By pulling out a small handful with little to no resistance, you know that the greenery has unfortunately died.
This can be fixed by taking steps to regrow the area. You can replace the fallen lawn by seeding, sodding, or installing a new type of landscaping material such as mulch, rocks, or groundcover.
To seed, start by mowing the space shorter than normal so that the seeds can better reach the ground. A helpful trick is to add soil amendments to give the seeds a healthy environment to grow in.
When sodding, you’ll need to remove the fallen grass and prep the soil before laying the new sod. It’s important to note that both of these processes require constant water and feed so that the new turf may enjoy healthy growth.
2. Check for patterns
When distinguishing perished from inactive grass, it’s important to look for patterns. Is the entire surface area discolored or are there distinct patches?
If the whole space is the same brown color, the greenery is most likely lying dormant in order to protect itself from the effects of especially hot summers or cold winters.
However, if there are circles of brown land only here and there, it’s more likely that the spots indicate death. Before replanting, make sure that pests and diseases haven’t taken over.
By doing a thorough check of the garden, you can make sure that external forces or pets aren’t at work. This will save newly laid lawns from suffering the same fate as their predecessors.
3. Note the weather conditions
The temperature and weather conditions will have a huge impact on the appearance of lawns. For example, cool-season grasses will rest during prolonged periods of heat. Meanwhile, warm-season grasses will rest during the winter months.
Basically, the turf is still alive and will become green again when the correct temperature returns. For those looking to enjoy green grassland year-round, regardless of temperature, consider planting a mixture of cool and warm-season grasses.
4. Implement a watering schedule
Dry conditions and heat stress can cause issues to many different types of grassland, causing them to appear inactive. However, this can lead to perished grassland if the proper steps aren’t taken. Making it hard to tell if the lawn is in fact still alive.
You can better understand the difference between the two states by following a consistent watering schedule. Watering will help ‘sleeping’ grasses thrive and enjoy a vibrant color. Alternatively, watering won’t be able to save the brown patches.
Luscious lawns, year-round
Gardens are something to be proud of. That’s why many people go to great lengths to take care of their front yards and backyards. Sometimes though, maintenance for lawns can be a little tricky.
Instead of playing a guessing game and over watering or over fertilizing certain sections, follow the above 4 simple steps to see if the yard has in fact perished or is simply going through a period of inactivity as a self-defense mechanism.
Being able to tell the difference between the two and thus going through the right treatment program will save you time and money and will ultimately result in healthy, luscious lawns year-round.
In 2014 Adrian quit his job and opened a painting business called MrPaint. Adrian is a strong believer in the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ principle and backs this up by being a competitive track cyclist here in Australia.