Why isn’t my dead grass coming back to life?
With the extreme heat we’ve experienced this summer, it’s not uncommon for your grass to burn & turn brown. That being said, there are a lot of other reasons your grass may be turning brown and ultimately dying.
Many people automatically assume brown grass is dead and needs water. That is not always the case. Many times grass can start turning colors (especially yellow) due to fungal infections, in which case adding more water would make it worse. Additionally, if you are over-watering your grass, it has a high chance of not surviving and will turn brown once dying.
That being said, some varieties of grass may go dormant in winter months, but come back to life easily. It is important to work with an expert to see what exactly is wrong with your grass and why it is browning so you can come up with a treatment plan to bring back that lush green look.
Once you’ve determined the cause of your unhealthy grass, it is important to work with a professional to come up with a regimented treatment plan – this may involve fungicide, fertilizer, pesticide, a watering schedule, etc. The beautiful lawns you see are not that way naturally – they are taken care of meticulously to keep their health at its peak.
It’s also important to note that once your grass turns brown – those specific blades will never turn green again. The brown blades must completely die, and new (green) blades will resurface if properly cared for. Lawncare can be a cumbersome process, so it’s worth speaking with a professional and coming up with a maintenance plan early on to avoid costly fixes later on down the road.
While much lawn maintenance can be done at home (especially if you’re a handy DIY’er or have a green thumb); however, we often like to think of pesticides/fungicides/fertilizer and the like similar to a prescription you receive from your doctor – many times you may get by with using an over the counter medication; however, in some instances it’s worth consulting with your doctor & getting their opinion and seeing what options you have for treatment. Chemical applications can be tricky at times, and it is a balancing act of making sure you’re using the correct amounts, types, etc. so we always recommend at least consulting with a licensed and insured professional chemical applicator at some point – even if they just give you DIY recommendations that you can keep up with on your own.
Your lawn is a huge investment and you want to take care of that investment to the best of your abilities.