Brown grass does not equal dead grass

As you’ve no doubt noticed, unusually hot, dry weather has a very noticeable effect on lawns. It’s quite unusual in this country to see grass turn brown and stop growing. But brown grass looks worse than it is.

Just because the grass has gone brown or straw-coloured, it hasn’t actually died. As soon as it rains, brown grass will turn green again.Forty shades of brown

The change of colour occurs when the top layer of soil dries out. If the lawn has been looked after, it will be fine when temperatures cool and rain returns.

On the other hand, if the grass has not been well looked after, the roots of the grass can become weaker and allow moss to appear when it rains.

Here are some tips to look after your lawn in these dry times:

*         Try to stay off the grass as much as you can at this time. And when you do use the lawn, don’t tread the same paths, try to use different routes over the grass.

*         When you get round to mowing in the autumn, cut the grass higher, and leave the clippings on the lawn, as they will retard the rate at which water evaporates from the soil. The clippings will act like a mulch

*         Water the grass regularly. When the ground is baked hard, try aerating it with a garden fork before you water, to help the water penetrate deeper. On the other hand, don’t over-water, even though it may be tempting to do so. If you water too much, you’ll weaken the lawn’s resistance to future hot, dry spells.

*         Water, but don’t carry out any treatments or fertilising at this time. Wait till the autumn to carry out whatever repairs are necessary. Let the grass grow longer than you might usually have it.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll ensure that your brown grass will be in full health when it finally turns green again.