Lindstrom, MN

Help, My Lawn Looks Awful!

You’re not alone if your lawn is looking less than lush. Our weather has been on a hot and dry streak so unless you have an irrigation your lawn is likely suffering.

Here at Danielson Brother’s Landscaping we don’t offer lawn maintenance services but we know a well-kept lawn certainly makes our landscaping look better.

If your lawn is turning brown don’t despair. It isn’t really dying. Rather it is just shutting down, by going dormant to conserve energy. In most cases your lawn will return green as ever in the spring. So don’t panic. Much like a mother, who’s been at home with the kids all summer your lawn just needs some rest and a little help.

If you just can’t stand brittle blades of grass here are a few things you can do to show your lawn some love:

Water it an inch per week. More if you have sandy soil, which much of the northeast Metro does. This watering should ideally take place in the early morning before much of it will be lost to evaporation. The total should be delivered in 1-2 waterings. For those without underground irrigation, there are some pretty nifty timers that work with your standard hose and sprinkler setup. I’ve also had good luck with the sprinkler that come on a metal stake, they cover a large area with ease and you can figure out a few good spots to place them and leave them in place for added convenience.

Get your mower blades sharpened. You can have this done at most hardware stores. There’s also a few retired guys out there who sharpen blades for less than five bucks while you wait and that’s hard to beat.

Set your mower to not cut the grass so short. Blades that are cut to about three inches is ideal. This allows the roots to grow longer and the blades provide shade for themselves.

There was a bumper crop of crab grass this year. Even if you put down crab grass preventative you likely have some growing where you don’t want it to. The good news is, it is green. No really, the good news is that it will die. It is an annual plant so this year’s bounty doesn’t necessarily predict your lawn’s future.

Weeds can thrive in conditions that grass cannot. It is unfortunate but true.

To recap, you have two options one is let the grass be and try again in the spring and the other is to water it in hopes of reviving it for the remainder of the season. The choice is yours but know that it will likely be fine either way.

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture applying a late season fertilizer in mid to late October will benefit your lawn come spring. The grass will store the nutrients and be quicker to grow and green up come spring time.

If crabgrass is an issue in your lawn you’ll want to apply a pre-emergent treatment in the spring, typically in early April. You will need to then wait eight weeks before seeding. The timing is crucial and tricky and weather dependent – so it can be frustrating. Stick with it and you’ll get that lush lawn eventually!

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