Draught stricken lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, Ne
Question by mlyledavis
July 12, 2010
Front lawn:
I checked a square foot of front lawn that has new brown spots. No grubs.
I presume too little water so began to water deeply every 2 days and the front lawn is looking better.

Rear lawn:
No grubs. Will areas that turn brown due to lack of water likely die or will they likely come back in Sept or later when water is given in abundant quantities?
All advice appreciated.


Image
Answer from NGA
July 12, 2010

0

There are a couple of reasons for brown spots on sod; dog urine is the most common, fungal diseases are next, or sprinklers that are missing those spots. To have the healthiest, greenest lawn possible, water deeply once a week (twice if the weather is really hot) to force the roots to penetrate deeply. Deep rooted grasses don't need as much water as those that are shallow rooted, and won't turn brown as easily. (Frequent, light watering will keep the roots close to the surface, making them dry out faster in warm weather and require even more frequent watering.) It's best to measure the amount of water your sprinkler puts out so you'll know how long to keep the water running. Put some tuna cans out on the lawn and turn on the sprinkler. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then check the water level in the cans. If there's not an inch of water in the cans, turn the water on again and continue to time how long it takes to get one inch of water in the cans. This will let you know how long you'll need to water to supply one-inch of water per week to your lawn. Put your lawn on a regular feeding and mowing schedule, too. Feed in April, June, September and December with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium. Mow when blades are 1 1/2" to 2" high. Don't let the grass grow really tall and then mow or you'll take off too much of the living tissue and scalp the lawn. I would rake out the dead grass and debris, then reseed those areas. Hope these guidelines will give you the greenest lawn on the block!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Blanket Flower Amber Wheels"