The Q&A Archives: Determining Whether Grass Will Grow Again

Question: Last summer my husband accidently sprayed some grass killer on the dandelions on our front lawn. Needless to say it killed the dandelions and also the grass. We dug up all the areas where he sprayed, filled in the holes with soil and re-planted with lawn seed. The grass grew in beautifully. Now however the Spring/Summer season is starting in Canada, and my front lawn looks terrible. Everywhere we planted last year is dead again. I raked up as much dead grass as I could, and my neighbour told me that if it grew well last summer, it should grow again this year. However by the look of my front lawn I have my doubts. Any suggestions? I will be waiting for your reply. Sonya Lejeune Bathurst, NB (Canada)

Answer: A couple things might have happened to your lawn this winter. Since the areas that died back were the new areas, it's possible the grass didn't harden off properly going into winter and you had lots of winter die back. This is likely, especially if it grew green and lush into fall and you fertilized. Also, the variety of grass seed may be the cause. If it was predominanatly bluegrass and you had a periods of lack of snow cover this winter when it was cold, it may have died back. Try mixes with ryegrass and fescue next time. I'd rake up the area and look for signs of new growth. If you don't seen any in a few weeks, it's time to reseed!

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