brown spots - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by georgealtons
September 1, 2010
big rain in my area,now no rain for 4 weeks,use to to have beautiful green grass now i have alot of brown spots please advise. i do water.

Answer from NGA
September 1, 2010
Even though you are watering, it sounds as though your lawn is stressed by the hot summer weather and the lack of rain. A drought is one of those times when it's best to just not do anything to your lawn. Mow as little as possible. Mow the grass high, 3-4 inches, or the highest setting on the mower. The added leaf blade tissue aids in storing water and photosynthesis. Don't fertilize, don't aerate, de-thatch, or topdress. Do not do anything to bring added stress to the plant, including aggressive lawn activities and foot traffic. The good news is, that when rain arrives and the weather cools your lawn will green up again. Late this fall you can feed with a winterizer type lawn food to help your lawn maintain a healthy root system throughout the winter so it will be ready to grow for you next spring. Good luck with your lawn.

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