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How to Tell If Your Lawn Is Dead or Just in Its Dormant State

How to Tell If Your Lawn Is Dead or Just in Its Dormant State

Summer in Happy Valley, OR can have detrimental effects on a lawn that can last well into fall and winter, making homeowners wonder if their spring lawn is going to come back at all. Generally, when there is a lack of rain in the summertime it can lead to brown spots from the heat or drought stress on the grass. What does this mean for telling whether your lawn is dead or dormant?

Once your grass has had a chance to receive some rainfall or you have watered it, check your lawn down to the soil level.

Dormant lawns will be brown in the leaves, but the crowns and stalk will be green, and the roots will be a healthy off-white color. Dead lawns will be brown and brittle from the leaves to the roots. This distinct difference can help you determine the next course of action for your lawn. 


What to Do If Your Lawn Is Dead

Laying new grass seed or sod for your dead lawn is the only thing you can do to bring it back. A local landscaping company such as J&C Lawn Care can help you determine the best course of action, depending on your lawn size and amount of dead grass.

Generally, lawns that are more than 50% dead should have new sod laid and lawns with small bare patches can be overseeded in the fall. 


When to Do Aeration & Seeding, & Assessing Why Your Happy Valley, OR Lawn Turned Brown

Take time to schedule aeration and seeding services in the fall, when your lawn should be at its healthiest and is able to...

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