Top 5 Tips For Reviving Dead Grass

Your yard is the first thing most people see when they visit your home.

Which is why having a yard full of unsightly dead grass can make a pretty awful first impression. 

But how do you get rid of them? Sometimes it seems like no matter what you try you end up with brown patches. 

It can definitely be a challenge at times, but give the tips below a read and see if the work for you!

Tips to Revive Dead Grass

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Assess The Damage

To begin, first, determine the severity of the damage. Keep in mind; a brown lawn does not always mean a dead lawn. Some grass varieties become dormant during a drought. 

Grass dormancy simply means, due to scarcity of water, the top growth of the blades is sacrificed for the sake of survival. However, the deep roots of the grass remain alive.

In the case of drought-ridden grass, there is a chance that the root structure is still sound. It is likely that the grass will green up after a few showers during spring. However, until the spring showers arrive, remove the completely dried out and dead grass using a rake. 

As you rake the dead grass, if you see a few surviving green shoots, it is an indicator that there is still some life left in your old lawn.

If more than half of your lawn is not salvageable, do your best to make it look as good as possible through the summer season. 

Then start over during fall. Fall is the best time to grow new grass. You will also notice that the revivable blades of the brown grass have healthily greened up and have begun to thrive during fall.

In the sections of the lawn where the grass is dead, reseed the area. You will want to use a slit seeder. 

A slit seeder helps loosen the soil for effective seeding. Next, disperse new seeds with a drop or rotary spreader. Make sure you press the seed into the soil with a lawn roller

You can also drive the seeds in with gentle, evenly spaced footsteps or a yard roller. Keep the reseeded area moist, and fertilize it with a seed-starting fertilizer that contains phosphorus.

I have mentioned below the top five tips to revive dead grass:

Lawns that become brown, dry, and brittle during peak summer have a way of reviving themselves. This happens when the temperature lowers as summer ends and light showers of rain provide some moisture.

Grass dormancy and deep roots boost the chances of survival. If your lawn is brown all over, you may want to trim the top growth of the grass blades in a small patch and see whether you can find any signs of green underneath. Next, water the patch for a few days. If you see new grass growing, then there is a strong chance that you might be able to revitalize your garden/lawn through trimming the top growth and regular deep watering.

2. De-thatch

It is only natural that organic debris will gather around the base of the grass. However, like most people mistakenly believe, thatch does not comprise of clippings of mown grass. The grass clippings will generally breakdown within a week’s time. Thatch comprises crowns and culms that have worn off or died naturally.

A thatch of half to ¾ inch is considered normal. It can even be useful as it blocks evaporation and helps water conservation in the soil. However, a heavy build-up of thatch can prevent the water and air from reaching the soil. 

This can impact the health of the soil and grass. If the build-up of thatch on the lawn is not too thick, you can remove it with a de-thatching rake. 

If the thatch is too thick or your lawn is very large, then it is advisable to use a powdered de-thatcher. After the thatch is removed, adequately water the lawn. Feeding the lawn with a nitrogen fertilizer will help faster regrowth. You should also use a lawn sweeper regularly on your lawn to ensure that organic debris doesn’t settle on the grass. 

3. Get Rid of Pests

It is not uncommon for pests to damage a lawn. However, they generally only destroy patches in the lawn and not the entire lawn. If you spot patches of dead grass in your lawn, it is better to investigate if insects/fungus is attacking your lawn. Firmly hold some blades of grass and pull them. If the grass comes away easily, there may be an insect or fungal infestation.

There are many fast-acting chemical pesticides available on the market. However, these are toxic. If you have pets or children who frequent the lawn, it would be safer to use natural ingredients such as neem oil or other non-toxic pesticides and fungicides.

4. Add Sod or Grass Plugs

Sod, also called turf is grass and the soil under it that is held together by the roots of the grass. Sodding is a great option for those who want to green up their lawns quickly. Sodding prevents the erosion of soil and flooding by draining excess water. It is also great for improving the quality of air around the property and also helps increase the cooling of air.

Laying sod is a preferred choice as it provides instant gratification. Also, it is convenient to lay sod compared to planting seeds and the aftercare, which is very time-consuming. It takes many weeks before a lawn can look visually appealing after seeding it.

Pro tip: Measure the area of your lawn you want to cover with sod. Order a little extra sod than the measurements. This helps factor the pieces that may get dried out or cutting around the curves or sod, which may not root properly. 

5. Water & Grade

You should always water your garden heavily. When you water lightly, the atmospheric evaporation of water must be factored. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. The water evaporation is less during the morning, compared to the afternoon. Additionally, watering in the morning helps regulate the temperature of the lawn as the day progresses, and the temperature rises.

In order to ensure that the grass, plants, and trees in your lawn or home garden develop with optimal health, you will need to smooth out the land to form a slope in some strategic areas. Grading is necessary to ensure the standing water in which mosquito larvae breed is removed. Also, slopes created through grading help ensure water flow is away from the house.

Note: If you live in a place where there is a snowy climate, then the chances are that your landscape is likely to suffer damage whenever it snows. It is best to keep clearing the snow as soon as it accumulates. When the snow is new, it is fluffy. Hence it is easy to move the snow. Once the snow sits, it begins to harden. To clear hardened snow, you will need to apply brute force, which is likely to damage the grass.

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