“Brown and crunchy” sounds delicious, but it’s not what you want from your lawn. “Soft and green” is the goal here. But sometimes things get out of control and before you know it, you’re looking at a front yard that’s crispier than your favorite potato chip. So how do you get back to the lush green carpet you desire? Well, that depends on what the problem is. . .
Lack of rain happens a lot, and this causes grass to go dormant and eventually to die. Dormant grass can be fixed; dead grass cannot. The fix is obvious—water. But remember to check for restrictions before you water if there is a real drought in your area. The best method for watering is to water about 1 inch 1 time per week to allow deep roots to develop.
Many people mow their lawns too short, or cut too much at a time. Longer grass length will shade out some of the weeds and prevent them from growing. 3 inches is a good minimum during the summer heat. Any shorter (and cutting more than a third of the grass’s height at a time) stresses your turf and leaves it susceptible.
Many insects/grubs will eat the root system which damages your lawn’s ability to get the water and nutrients it needs. Grubs are about 1 inch long six-legged white larvae that you can see in the dirt under the grass roots. Surprisingly, over-watering and fertilizing will make your lawn more attractive to pests, as will neglect. So keep it in good shape, but don’t get too carried away.
Man’s best friend is not a lawn’s best friend. Dog urine has a high nitrogen content, and will damage and possibly kill grass. Watering can help bring it back to life. The best solution is prevention: either water after your doggie is done, try to get Fido to do his business in a natural area away from any plants, or confine your pup to one area and accept that the grass there is a goner.
There are many types of fungus out there that will kill your grass. Best to call a professional if this is what you suspect, so they can apply the proper fungicide. Brown spots or streaks on the blades, or brown patches in the yard are a good clue that you are dealing with a fungus. If you pull on the damaged grass and it comes up easily, it is like a fungus damaging the roots. If not, it is probably dog urine causing the issue.
Thatch may be causing some of your problems as well: too much thatch creates a favorable environment for fungus as well as making it difficult for your lawn’s roots to get proper nutrition and water. Certain slow-growing types of grass like tall fescue are less prone to thatch issues. To correct this problem, you will need to rake the excess thatch away or use a dethatching machine.
Whatever the problem, the important thing is to address it as soon as possible. Leaving it alone will only allow the condition to worsen, and possibly kill your lawn. But with diligence and the right treatment, your lawn can overcome its difficulties and become the lush green carpet of your dreams!
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