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Brown Lawn vs. Green Lawn

As we roll into summer, you and Mother Nature may have different expectations when it comes to your lawn.  If you let nature take its usual course, your lawn may turn brown as it goes into summer dormancy. If you don’t like the look of your brown lawn, you need to keep it healthy. Read on to learn the reasons why lawns go brown and summer and what you can do to keep your grass green all season long!

brown lawn from summer dormancySummer Dormancy Causes Brown Lawn

In summer, it’s natural for your lawn to go into dormancy and turn brown. However, there are ways to combat dormancy. This is your lawn’s defense mechanism to preserve nutrients during periods of drought and high temperatures. To keep grass green, give it the water it needs!

How you water your grass is very important. A good deep soaking once or twice a week is better than frequent shallow waterings. Early morning watering is best. Make watering a regular habit and 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.

Other Reasons for a Brown Lawn

Lawn Mowing Comparison between Lawns Mowed High vs. LowYour grass might be suffering from some other issue that’s causing it to appear dormant.

  1. Broadleaf Weeds, Nutsedge and other Weedy Grasses – weed infestations can sap much needed nutrients from your grass.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Have Your Lawn Evaluated

To make your lawn healthy and green, getting on a Giroud Lawn Care program ASAP is vital! Your Giroud Lawn Care Expert will evaluate your entire property to check for bare spots, brown lawn areas, insect and fungal infestations, and other problems. Plus, he will check the pH level of your soil to make sure that it’s optimal for green grass growth!

Call 215-682-7704 today to green up your brown lawn!

Author: Jeanne Hafner

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