22 Jun IS MY LAWN DORMANT OR JUST DEAD?
When the vibrant green of your grass transitions to a dull brown, figuring out whether it’s gone dormant for the winter or is truly lifeless can be a challenging task.
Since a dormant lawn will return to health when the weather improves, while a dead lawn will need to be removed and replaced, it’s best to be sure before taking any drastic and expensive measures.
UNDERSTANDING DORMANT GRASS
During periods of stress, such as winter when rainfall is scarce and temperatures plummet, grass goes into dormancy as a survival mechanism. Rather than focusing on creating beautiful green grass blades, your lawn redirects its resources to prioritise healthy roots. By conserving its energy and water, dormant grass can bounce back to life when weather conditions improve or when it receives enough water during dry spells.
SPOTTING DEAD GRASS
Spotting the difference between dead and dormant grass can be a little tricky since both share the same brown and lifeless appearance. However, there are key factors to consider. Grass generally goes dormant in a uniform manner, whereas dying grass will tend to appear patchy or have brown spots amidst otherwise green areas. If increasing irrigation for a few days doesn’t revive the grass and it remains brown, then it’s likely dead and will need to be replaced.
THE BIG PICTURE
While dormant grass isn’t the nicest thing to look at, it’s nothing to stress over! Dormant grass will naturally rejuvenate and return to its glorious green colour once the weather improves. Dead grass, on the other hand, will have to be reseeded or replaced for you to enjoy a sprawling green lawn come spring.
If you want to be prepared to revive your dormant lawn after the grueling winter months, read our blog on exactly how to do that!
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