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How to Revive a Dead Lawn

Learn how to revive a dead lawn from landscape architect Patrick Weisel in this Howcast video.


A lot of people ask me; How do I revive a dead lawn? Or say my lawn is dead, what do I do? The first thing I'd say to you is that your lawn is not dead. Or it's very unlikely to be dead. Lawns tend to go senescent, or go to sleep when conditions are unfavorable to their growth, particularly when it's hot and dry. So when you see that your lawn is brown, don't think of it as dead, think of it as merely sleeping. Now that should bring to mind a couple of things. If your lawn is just sleeping, one of the things you'll want to do is stay off it. Don't go out and play sports, football, let your kids run around it or your dog rung around it because while your grass is sleeping it's in a very fragile state. You can damage it a lot more than if it's green, healthy and growing. The other thing that you will want to do, is when you are ready to green up your lawn, is water it. Get yourself some kind of sprinkler. And you'll want to put down somewhere between a half inch to an inch of water a week. And that's going to bring your lawn back. But I would caution you, if you're not going to commit to watering your lawn regularly don't just go out and water it one time because waking the lawn up from sleeping and then letting it go back to sleep or forcing it to go back to sleep because you didn't continue watering is very stressful to the grass. So if your lawn is senescent or brown and not dead, you'll want to water it, stay off it, and commit to watering it so that it doesn't turn brown again. That's my tip for waking up a dead lawn.

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