Originally Posted by chicken grandma
Do lawns survive being burned to a crisp or do we have to reseed? sigh
Years ago I had my own landscaping business. We dealt with periods of drought then too and one thing I could never get anyone to realize that even if your grass is brown, it's not dead. Grass goes into a dormant stage and stays that way until nature takes charge of the watering again. Those that water their lawns then suddenly stop when the weather is cooler will strangely enough end up with burnt lawns or at least one that will require more work! It's better to maintain your lawn before the hottest times of the year with a few simple steps:
*water often, but only early in the morning or late at night..especially around places that draw in heat like houses, garages, etc.
*ONLY use fertilizer with potassium NOT nitrogen
*Have as little traffic on the areas that mean most to you like in the front of your home
*Leave clippings on the lawn
*DO NOT mow using the lowest settings on your mower. Also be sure to sharpen your mower blade more than once a year!
*Despite what it may say on the bottle, most weed killers will kill your grass if used on the whole lawn. You can apply it to individual weeds only when the grass is healthy.
Even if you haven't cared for your lawn properly before a drought, if you leave it alone until the weather improves you are in much better standing than those who are over-doing themselves trying to water and make it green now. In the Spring I will often leave the sprinklers on all night, let it grow til it looks like we live in a jungle then cut it.
So, just consider your lawn as sleeping. If you start trying to do something with it now it'll be an angry lawn if you stop! lol