Grass burns, normally, these 3 items are the cause: Drought, over-fertilization, and/or Dog Urine. Thankfully, there are ways to regain that beautiful lawn and even prevent it from happening!
- Set up sprinklers, make sure they are watering evenly and not a single patch.
- Maintain watered soil to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
- Grass clippings, once your burnt grass is 3 inches high, cut it, and leave those pesky clippings, they help retain the moisture needed.
- Make sure you rake up the grass that’s burnt by the fertilizer.
- Check the roots of the chemically burnt grass, if they are healthy and moist, the top of the grass is only affected, let it grow.
- Downside, sometimes grass will not recover from over-fertilization, sod patches may be needed in extreme cases.
- Dog diets with low-protein levels will help prevent the burn, high protein diets are also high in nitrogen, which is the cause for burnt grass.
- Dogs who drink more water have diluted urine, which is less likely to contain high concentrations of nitrogen.
- Rake up burnt areas, water, apply grass seed daily for about one week, this should help new growth.
Remember, using organic materials in your yard will help prevent burning, and will only give the nitrogen necessary. Also, fertilizing in the spring or fall is the best, grass goes dormant when it’s hot & dry, fertilizing will cause excessive growth = burn spots. If you’re feeling like your thumb isn’t quite green enough, always remember, your local nursery or hardware store should be able to direct you to the items needed.
Final Step, get outside and enjoy that luscious lawn!!
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The Gorz Group.