How To Revive A Dead Lawn

Brown grass can drastically decrease the curb appeal of any home. It can also be an eyesore to you and your family. We will provide some tips on how you can revive your dead lawn and keep your lawn healthy for the entire summer!

Dormant Grass vs. Dead Grass

The first step to caring for a dead lawn is to ensure that the grass is not dormant. Your lawn will go dormant as a way to preserve itself due to limited resources like nutrients. During dormancy, the grass will focus on maintaining its roots rather than the top layer. Your lawn will typically go dormant in the cool season like fall.

To figure out whether your lawn is dormant or not, take a look at the crowns of the grass. The crowns are where the plant pushes through the soil and grows. If the crown is still whitish colour, then your grass is still alive, just dormant.

Another way to test whether your turf is alive is to pull at the grass. If the grass easily comes out of the ground, it is likely dead. If the roots of the grass hold fast to the soil, your lawn is likely dormant and could be revived.

How To Revive Dead Grass

If your grass is actually dead, it is very unlikely that it died all at once. Typically, dead patches of brown grass will develop among green grass because of missing nutrients or improper lawn care. Here are the basic steps to reviving dead grass and helping your entire lawn grow:
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Lawn Care Tips

Here are some lawn care suggestions for keeping your lawn healthy and looking great:


You are encouraged to mow your lawn in the early spring before it starts to grow again. Before mowing, set your lawnmower to 3 inches. This sill ensure your lawn is not scalped and that healthy, green turf can grow. Rather than bagging your grass clippings, leave them on your lawn to serve as a natural fertilizer and keep your lawn healthy.

Reduce the frequency of mowing when your grass is looking brown or there is a dry week during the summer. You don’t want to overdo it and harm your lawn!

Fertilize To Encourage Growth

Do not use fertilizer on a dying lawn. It will not help your brown lawn look great because it is promoting lead growth at a time the root does not have access to water or other nutrients. Rather than causing your grass to grow, it will likely make the rest of your lawn turn brown. You should only fertilize your lawn if you know your grass is not dead, just dormant.

Water or Irrigate Your Lawn During A Drought

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If you are experiencing a drought, don’t fear – a healthy lawn can go approximately three weeks without water. After several weeks of drought, it may be time to consider irrigation for old and new grass alike.

Water your lawn with about one inch of water to soak deep into the root of your turf and revive your lawn. This should be done about once a week to a dying or drought-inflicted lawn to give it life again.

Get Rid of Weeds

Weeds can be an eyesore whether they’re in your garden or lawn. If you decide to treat your lawn for weeds, be mindful to choose an herbicide that will not harm your grass. Consider using an organic or diluted weed killer and try to apply it on a dry day during the summer – you don’t want it to rain and seep to other areas of your lawn, turning it brown and forming dead spots.

Aerate and Dethatch

A brown lawn could be caused by condensed grass roots or thatch. Thatch is a troublesome combination of roots and soil that make it difficult for fertilizer, water, and other nutrients to reach the inches of your lawn that rest under the soil. Grass quickly turns brown when the thatch builds up.

Aeration removes the core of your soil in small cylinders whereas thatching (like raking) removes plant matter. Lawns should be dethatched or aerated at the beginning of the spring or early fall to help your grass grow.

Bring Life Back To Your Lawn

Reviving your dead lawn and making it lush and green again can be a difficult task. Consider your options and, if it doesn’t go to plan, consider getting help from professional lawn care services. Just remember that not all brown grass is dead!

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