The Q&A Archives: lawn burn

Question: I have a lush, healthy lawn (Marathon Sod, planted 7 months ago). My gardener recommended fertilizing with Triple 16 fertilizer. I used too much and now my green lawn has brown stripes in it. Is the brown grass dead? Will it come back? What can I do?

Answer: Fertilizer burn usually affects only the blades and not the roots - unless enough was applied to actually burn the roots, as well. Let's hope for the best! To help things along now, water, water, water, both to flush the salts away and to encourage new growth. Mow your lawn at often as before the browning, to remove the brown blades and to help make the grass grow. Best wishes with your lawn!

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