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Late Summer Is A Time To Re-grow

by Alex Russel, All About Lawns Columnist

Late summer is always an important time in the maintenance of a lawn. This is the time to turn brown patches into healthy green grass and also to think about planting new grass next season.

According to local Connecticut paper, the Record Journal, end of summer is the perfect time for repairing lawns. As the temperatures drop, lawns are once again in optimal growing conditions, creating a good opportunity to fix whatever needs fixing.

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Addressing Brown Lawn Grass

When it comes to brown patches, finding out whether these are due to drought stress or insects, is an important first step. If insects are the problem, insecticide application is the solution. Once the insecticide is watered in, fertilize the area and water.

When a lawn suffers from drought stress, the lawn will grow back green, but unless your summer was exceptionally hot, you can expect that the brown patch problem will be seasonal.

In that case, it makes sense to think about whether you can address the problem directly. One solution is to research other grass types for that section of your lawn. Mixing in a more heat tolerant type of grass, the brown section could keep its health and greenness.

Lawn Grass Brownness: Bugs or Heat?

One way to find out if a brown patch has been affected by heat or bugs is to take a small clump of grass in your hand. If the roots have rotted away, you can be sure that insects have colonized this section of your lawn. If the roots are basically still there, heat is the answer.

If ground temperature drops low enough from the summer heights, replanting can take place immediately. The perfect ground temperature for grass is between 55 degrees and 66 degrees, and grass only takes seven to ten days to come in. If you feel you have that window of opportunity before the onset of colder temperatures, replanting can begin immediately.


About the Author
Alex Russel is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from Syracuse University he has worked at many different media companies in fields as diverse as film, TV, advertising, and journalism. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in English and History.

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