How to Revive Dead or Dying Spots In Your Lawn

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If your lovely green lawn has slowly turned yellow or brown this summer, don’t worry! There are several things you can do to revive a dried lawn. Whether it’s from the intense heat we’re seeing in San Diego, or you’ve left your lawn to care for itself to go on vacation, coming home to a dried and unappealing lawn doesn’t have to be permanent.

When exposed to extreme heat, extended cold, or minimal water over a period of time, grass begins to dry, recede, and eventually die if proper growing conditions aren’t restored.

While it may seem like the end of the road for your precious lawn, don’t despair. There are ways to revive your dried lawn and make it green again. In fact, it’s not as challenging as it seems and just involves some extra care and planning.

1. Dethatch your lawn. Rake up any dead leaves, grass, or debris from the area

The first step is to dethatch your lawn. This involves raking over the lawn to allow air or moisture to penetrate the grass better. Essentially, thatch is a layer of decomposing plant materials, such as dead leaves and trees, that builds up on the surface of the soil. If it gets thicker than ½ inch, this can prevent your lawn from getting enough air, water, and nutrients. It also prevents healthy root development and can make it prone to insect and disease issues.

2. Aerate the soil – loosen up the soil in the spot with a shovel or rake

If your soil is too dense or your grass is too thick, it might prevent air from penetrating. This could eventually kill the grass. Aerating your lawn helps prevent this by allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots. To aerate your lawn, use a fork to punch holes about five or six inches in depth. This will help ensure that your lawn gets all the nutrients it needs to thrive. Larger areas require special tools and we recommend it be done by lawn care professionals like those at True Lawn Care for best results.

3. Remove any weeds growing in the area

Weeds love water and will spring up quickly if they have access to it. If weeds are growing in your lawn alongside the grass, it’s a battle for survival! The weeds are competing with the grass for moisture, which means the grass will suffer. Pulling the weeds out by the root is the best way to get rid of them. Similarly, getting rid of dandelions helps lawns stay healthy by conserving moisture and nutrients.

4. Plant new grass seeds or lay sod, and spread some fresh topsoil over the spot

If your dried lawn is receding or patchy, you’ll need to know how to plant grass seeds and get a greener yard. It’s always best to choose a high-quality grass seed and spread it evenly over your prepared lawn. Once the seed is completely laid down, cover it with a thin layer of soil. Watering regularly will help the grass grow strong and green!

If you’re looking for a quicker way to get green grass, consider laying sod. Sod is grass that’s already growing and comes in rolls or squares. You can simply lay it over the soil where you need new grass.

5. Water Frequently

If your lawn is looking a little dried out, it’s time to give it a good soaking. Keep in mind current restrictions here in San Diego regarding watering your lawn, and that timing is key to effective watering. The best time to water is early morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Watering during hot periods of the day can cause most of the moisture to evaporate before it has a chance to be absorbed by the lawn.

The landscape and lawn care planners at True Lawn Care are experts at helping you achieve and maintain a healthy lawn. Reach out to us for a FREE Lawn Health Evaluation and keep your lawn in great condition this summer, and all year long.

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