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Lawns Not Dead Just Brown

"Lawns Not Dead Just Brown"
by Tom MacCubbin

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 Lawn Brown But Not Dead
A brown, but not dead, lawn
Picture: Tom MacCubbin

That brown look is not abnormal after the recent freezing weather says members of the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative. Way down among the brown you are bound to find some green runners and protected green leaf blades. What should you do now? Probably nothing.

Patience and Time should help make the lawn better again. Don’t expect the grass to respond with new growth until the weather warms. Actually it may be better if it didn’t do much growing until winter is about over but if we get a run of warm weather it is bound to send up new shoots.

Here are some suggestions to help your lawn recover from members of the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative and local turf specialists.

Reduce the irrigation. Brown turf is not going to need the moisture. Keep the soil moist but not too wet. Adjust your irrigation system accordingly. Watering every 7 to 14 days at this time of the year is normally adequate.
Delay fertilizing until the more consistently warm weather arrives. The next feeding is scheduled for late February or March.
Mow only to control growth that may begin or control weeds. Most gardeners can take a break from frequent mowings. Now is a good time to have your mower and other lawn care equipment serviced.
Spot treat weedy areas of the lawn to prevent over growths of unwanted vegetation.
Have your irrigation system checked to be ready for the hot dry weather of spring.

Most lawns are doing what is expected after the severe cold. They should revive when the warmer weather returns without a lot of extra care.

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