Burnt Lawns – Heat, sun, and lack of water create a lot of stress on our lawns. However, by following these recommendations, you may turn your brown scorched lawn back into a lush green carpet.
Drought-ridden summers have become quite common during the recent past. Instead of the lush, green lawn of your dreams, you were confronted with scorched, brown grass and barren patches everywhere.
Not surprising, given that the excessive heat and lack of water are adversely affecting lawn grass growth. Right? The only thing we can do is wait and see what happens. That’s the wrong way of thinking! We’ll show you four easy ways to restore the health of your lawn.
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Why is the lawn “burnt” during Summers
Despite the fact that the heat and drought may make it appear that way, the lawn is not actually burned.
Instead, the browning and yellowing of the grass’s surface is a defense mechanism known as heat dormancy.
The grasses enter a phase of dormancy, which is characterized by lower metabolic activity and is analogous to a “summer sleep.” After that, they return all of the reserve substances from the blades to the roots, where they can be stored until conditions improve with less heat and more water.
It’s not the end of the world if your lawn turns yellow over the summer. More delicate grasses, such as ryegrass (Lolium perenne), may not make it through the dry period and must be reseeded the following spring season.
Remember that lawn grasses thrive in temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius, with plenty of moisture and light. All life functions, however, are drastically slowed down over 30 °C.
Tips on Repairing and Saving Burnt Lawn
Watering the Burnt Lawn
Proper watering may seem insignificant, but it can go a long way toward saving a brown lawn (or preventing it from becoming brown in the first place). After all, one of the primary causes of brown lawns is a deficiency in water. Using a sprinkler instead of a hose saves time and effort by distributing the water evenly across the lawn.
Less frequent but more thorough watering is preferred while caring for your lawn. In the heat, only 15 liters per square meter of the lawn should be watered once or twice a week. Our dedicated article on watering the grass will teach you how to do it correctly.
Using Autumn Lawn fertilizers
A lush lawn in the summer has nothing to do with fall lawn fertilizers. Simply said, fall lawn fertilizer includes more potassium than spring or summer lawn fertilizer. Potassium, in addition to improving frost tolerance, also improves water absorption efficiency and cell wall stability, resulting in less water escaping and being lost to the grasses.
So applying potassium fertilizer to your lawn in the fall is a good way to ensure lush grass next summer. Certified organic fall lawn fertilizers are your best bet for a green and environmentally friendly lawn. Additionally, by making this decision, you’ll protect all household pets and garden creatures while also promoting a healthy soil ecosystem.
After fertilizing, water the lawn with a sprinkler to help the nutrients go to the roots as quickly as possible. Furthermore, the greatest time to fertilize your lawn for autumn is in the late summer to early fall, when the lawn grasses still have time to absorb the nutrients included in the fertilizer you’ve applied.
Advantages of using Organic Autumn Lawn Fertilizers:
- Potassium supplementation boosts winter hardiness and drought resistance.
- Accessible nitrogen for spring growth that is quick and strong.
- The organic formula is safe for pets and garden animals as well as the environment.
- Natural fertilizer granules derived solely from plants promote a diverse and productive soil ecosystem.
- Once the grass has been fertilized, it can be trodden on by both humans and animals.
- Easy and simple to use.
Spring fertilization already acts as a preventative measure for healthy, lush grass in the summer. You can better supply the grasses with water during the summer if the roots have a good spring nutrient supply. Consequently, in the spring, use more organic lawn fertilizers because they encourage the roots to grow healthier.
Protecting the Lawn during Summers
A lawn can be used for a variety of activities, including soccer, playing, and even a quiet picnic. However, if your grass is already brown and parched, the best thing you can do is to let it rest. Because each step further damages the already stressed turf, it loses its health and regenerating ability.
As a result, do your best to keep your lawn in good shape. This also means that if your lawn isn’t growing or even becoming yellow, you shouldn’t mow it.
When mowing the grass in the summer, allow the grasses to stand longer than you would in the spring or fall. As the grass grows longer, less sunlight touches the soil, reducing evaporation, which saves water. A longer lawn is also better for the grasses since it conserves moisture.
Re-Seed the Burnt Lawn
There are times when no amount of watering, fertilizer, or maintenance will restore your grass to its former glory. Even if the grass heals completely, it is possible that some places, such as the “burned” ones, will persist as unsightly blotches on otherwise lush turf.
Reseeding the grass is the sole option if extensive damage is discovered in the fall or spring. If you want to take advantage of the long, hot summers by doing something proactive, you can do so by mowing dry grass. Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and meadowgrass (Poa pratensis) are found in dry grass combinations.
All of our premium seed is RSM-certified, so you can rest assured that it will produce healthy grasses with a high germination rate. Ideally, seeds should be sown after scarifying in spring when the soil is open, allowing for good absorption and the elimination of competition such as moss and weeds to help the grass seed germinate.
It’s also possible to reseed your lawn in the fall, no later than the end of October, if you’re in a hurry to avoid weeds growing in your grass. In our in-depth essay, we’ll explain why and how to scarify your lawn.