In the soggy spring months, you’ll notice your lawn browns out quite a bit actually and this is usually due to the thatch layer being thicker than a half an inch. The thatch basically serves as a sponge and soaks up the water that normally would be going right to the roots. As a result the thatch is usually wet consistently once the snow melts and it’ll brown out.
Waiting tends to fix a lot, but there are some things you can do before the winter hits and right after it breaks to get yourself back in the proverbial green as soon as possible.
Dethatching your lawn – This is usually advisable in the fall months while your lawn is being prepped for the winter. That way the water won’t absorb into the thatch and instead it’ll go where it’s supposed to – into your soil and roots, allowing your lawn to bounce back faster.
Be conscious of your drainage – Water can tend to collect in spots in your yard depending on slope, outlay and the like. If your grass is staying brown for a long time, it’s usually due to a lack of proper drainage.
Don’t be afraid to test your soil – pH levels mean a lot when it comes to having a healthy lawn and on its own could be a leading cause of your browned out lawn. Test your pH before you apply any fertilizer and do it when the weather is changing. It should give you an idea of what you can play with.
Always weed - While grasses won’t grow when they’re dormant, weeds will. Don’t let them take over your lawn and retain too much water in one area.
If you keep up this string of consistent seasonal maintenance for your lawn, your brown spots should disappear and you green grass will be back in no time. If you need help assessing your lawn’s brown spots, be sure to give us a call and we’ll help you roadmap a route back towards a healthy, beautiful looking lawn!