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Well it went from a wet spring to a hot dry summer before summer was officially here. And now this.
Now what? Nobody enjoys seeing their grass go dormant and turn brown. Last time this happened I wasn't going to water the lawn and what happened is when some of my good grass turned brown and went dormant then the weeds kept growing. Well some of the dormant grass actually died.
So I decided to think about lawn health along the lines as you might consider your own health. Since the Internet is sometimes my friend I looked for information to learn more about what lawn health is and what preventive maintenance I need to do to keep the lawn healthy (and protect my investment).
I started out late winter hiring a neighbor to come spread some sheep and goat manure on an area of the yard where there was poor clay like soil. I will warn you it did smell for a couple days even in the cooler weather.
Then in the early spring and decided to mow the grass very short before it greened up to remove as much dead growth as I could. I really wanted to burn it off but didn't.
Next thing I rented plugger and plugged the yard (for the first time in Twenty some years that I lived there. After that I rented an interseeder to hit the bare spots but just kept going and reseeded the entire yard.
Luckily for me it was wet and cooler this spring. The grass started sprouting and was easy to grow this year. I purchased some Scotts fertilizer that promotes healthy roots and won't harm the freshly seeded grass.
Lastly I mow to a height of 4" and don't allow the grass to get over 4-3/4". This was big in lawn health. Where the poorer soil is I mowed it as high as my mower would allow (5") and there's a big difference, it looks a lot greener then the grass cut to 4" and in better soil plus it's shaded throughout part of the day. 5" is pretty long especially walking through the grass with a heavy dew!
Now that the heat is on I thought I better water the lawn to keep the new grass from dying. Well there are brown spots I my yard where new grass came up. Hoping it's just dormant but after the 1" of rain we finally received, some if it is still brown.
What I learned was even dormant grass will die out unless it gets some water. Yes brown looking dormant grass needs some water...
Guess I'll learn more as time goes by (if the additional lawn care this year helps). So far I say yes, the original grass has stayed greener longer and it is thicker and looking a lot better so maybe not all of the new grass has died?
This is the first year I never used any weed killer or weed n feed because of the new grass. Surprisingly the weeds are there but not bad, I try to just pull them when I happen to walk by and see one here or there. Seems like the new grass thickened it up and made less room for weeds??? This fall will be a busy one for me but hoping to make time to hit the weeds hard then thinking the new grass should be toughness up by then.