Brown vs. Green Lawns
As we roll into summer, you and Mother Nature may have different expectations. If you let nature take its usual course, your lawn will go dormant (turn brown) in the summer.
Most of us want to keep our lawns healthy and green all summer long. Here’s how you can work around Mother Nature:
- Stop Dormancy: If you want to keep your lawn green, follow the watering instructions below. Don’t water only when the grass starts to brown. This depletes food reserves and stresses the plant by constantly forcing the turf to break dormancy.
- Watering: A good deep soaking once or twice a week is better than frequent shallow waterings. Early morning watering is best.
- Broadleaf Weeds – Weeds are sprayed when we visit unless temperatures hit the upper eighties or when we’re in drought conditions.
- Nutsedge and Weedy Grasses: Heavy infestations require special optional treatments. The same summer heat and drought limitations for weeds apply for nutsdege treatments.
- Mowing: We can’t emphasize it enough! Mow high to encourage deeper root growth and moderate soil temperatures. Low cut lawns are more susceptible to scalding, thinning, and weed and crabgrass infestations.
- Thatch – Lawns with heavy thatch, more than 1/2″, dry out first because water can’t reach the roots. Thatch is often a symptom of acidic soil (low pH). Plan on heavy aeration, lime, and a liberal application of compost topdressing.
- Disease – Red Thread has been heavy this season. Expect to see Brown Patch when nights get humid. Fungicides are available but are usually not warranted as outbreaks subside when the weather changes.
To make your lawn healthy and green, check out Giroud’s Traditional and Organic Annual Lawn Treatment Programs.