Are you worried because of your brown lawn? Believe your grass is dead or dying?

Wondering if it has actually gone dead?

Well, nothing to worry about. A brown lawn does NOT always mean that the grass has gone dead, it could just be dormant. Not sure what dormancy is? Let me tell you, dormancy is that condition of the grass in which it just goes to sleep. It can happen both in the summer and in the winter. In winter, the grass goes to sleep as it shuts itself down and tries to conserve the water and nutrients in it. While in winter, it goes brown because of intense heat and drought. It’s not dead. And your lawn can remain in the dormant condition for about 4 weeks, if the weather gets harsher, it could die too. But typically, the lawn grows itself back as soon as the weather becomes better. So stay calm and let nature do its work.

However, if you still have questions in mind about the dormant grass, then read till end and get your confusion cleared up.

How to Enjoy a Green Lawn in Any Season and During Drought Conditions?

Enjoying a lush green lawn is what we all anticipate and it is not difficult at all to enjoy such a lawn across the year, but that is possible only if you are careful for what you are giving to the lawn. Taking good care of your lawn and above all, keeping it hydrated, will keep it safe from turning brown or getting effected by the drought. Whether the weather is extremely hot or extremely cold, your grass needs its moisture to look good and green and you need to supply it with sufficient water to enjoy the freshness. 

How to Tell the Difference Between Dormant Grass and Dead Grass?

As described earlier that the dormant grass is not necessarily the dead grass. It’s just a grass that has gone into the sleep mode and it would revive soon within a time period of maximum four weeks. If the dormancy does not start vanishing in this time, then you should get worried for it being dead.

How Much Should I Water My Lawn to Avoid Dormant Grass?

Dormancy can occur due to both extremes in watering. If you are watering your grass a lot, then over watering can make it go dormant and if you are not watering it properly, that is less than the requirement, it would again go into the dormant mode to reserve water. The exact watering amount solely depends upon the type of grass and the climate of your region. But if your lawn gets an inch of water every week, then its fine.

How can I tell if my grass is dormant (brown) or dead? 

There are a lot of ways in which you can determine whether or not the grass is dormant. First test is to tug the grass blade and check, if it comes out easy and dry, its dead. If the grass resists to your tug, then its roots are still in there and it’s not dead yet. Also check the response of grass to watering, if it revives in sometime, it’s not dead, if it doesn’t then check the answer number 8. 

What can I do to help my lawn before dormant periods?

If you are regularly taking care of your lawn, then there is a fat chance that it would get effected by the extreme weather and it would be able to withstand dormant periods. You can help your lawn by regularly watering it, taking care of the weeds growing in the lawn, spraying the lawn with bug repellents so that there is not bug attack. You have to mow it regularly as well so that your lawn is properly aerated. You should also be careful about occasionally adding a fertilizer to the lawn to keep it in good shape and to keep your plants nourished.

How can I protect my lawn when the grass turns brown?

According to the experts in the field of gardening, you need to water your lawn regularly in the drought period as well. But how often? The experts say that you should water your lawn up to one inch once every week even when it has gone brown. But there is still hope when the grass has turned brown and you can save the drought stricken lawn by taking good care of it. First, water the grass regularly so that the needed moisture is absorbed. Secondly, dethatch. In dethatching you will mow the grass but leave the clipping on it so that more moisture stays locked in the grass and it can revive itself. Adding the fertilizer that helps in the growth of the grass would be a bonus to your drought stricken lawn. And above all, limit the foot traffic on the grass. The more foot traffic it will get, the harder it would be for the grass to revive. Take special care that the kids and the pets are away from the lawn. 

What’s Causing Your Brown Grass?

When the grass in your lawn is not getting the sufficient amount of water, it goes into drought stress and it reserves its water inside it and goes into a certain sleep mode where it stops taking any further nutrition, thus causing its color to become brown. 

What to Do If Your Lawn is Actually Dead?

If all the test you have performed on the grass came empty, then it means you have dead grass in the lawn and it is not going to revive like the dormant grass. You will have to thoroughly work on it, if there are yellow or dead patches you will have to start over from them and help them with new grass. Proper seeding, weeding and watering would be required to get rid of the yellow and dry patches.