Try to think of dormancy like your lawn is hibernating or ‘going to sleep’. It can occur in the winter but also the hot summer months. When grass goes dormant for the cold winter months, it shuts down and turns brown in order to conserve water and nutrients, kind of like some animals in the winter! When grass goes dormant in the summer, it also turns brown. Summer dormancy occurs when the grass is stressed out by intense heat and drought and we sure know alot about that here in Georgia. It can stay in this dormant state safely for 3-4 weeks without dying, although intense drought will kill it over time. Understandably, a dormant lawn is not very pleasant to look at with it’s brown and yellowing color, however, once Mother Nature decides it is time for a change the grass will green up so don’t let it get you down.
A lot of people start to panic when they see their beautiful green lawn start to change into that dull color and it can be tough to determine whether your lawn is dormant or if it is dead. One way to determine if it is dormant vs dead is by reversing the issue: water! Water it regularly and heavily for a couple of days. This should bring your lawn out of dormancy and ‘back to life’. Also try to minimize the foot traffic on your lawn, as foot traffic can damage the root systems on dormant grass. Most lawn service companies, like North Georgia Lawn, go to an every other week mowing schedule during the dormant months because the longer blades of grass will provide shade for the roots. The longer blades keep the moisture from evaporating in the heat or freezing in the cold as quickly. Your watering will become more efficient and effective that way!
Replacing your lawn is hard work, so don’t always assume that it’s dead or dying, take some precautionary measures and ensure you give it proper attention for a few days before writing it off!
North Georgia Lawn can help you with all of this and help you determine if your lawn has seen better days vs. just needing a rest! 🙂
Material Source: CAMERON SHIMODA , Is My Lawn Dead, or Just Dromant? MAY, 2017