Brown grass in the spring…
As a blogger, I feel it’s my goddess given duty to give the reader what they ask for. Well, not really…it’s my garden and I’ll plant what I want to, to paraphrase an old song.
But I have noticed a few hits to my blog on brown grass, particularly brown grass in the spring time. Of course, there are a few reasons that could cause this, first reason being you live in one of the northern states and have a lawn of warm season grasses, among them Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. These grasses do most of their growing during the summer, hence the name warm season grass. During winter, however, the grass goes dormant and looks pretty dead. No worries though, as you should have a nice full green lawn just in time for the Memorial Day barbeque that you haven’t invited me to.
To fix this you have a few options. You could rip it all up and either sod or seed with a grass that will stay green in your climate. Or, in late summer or early fall you could do some winter overseed with a cool season grass. A cool season grass – like bluegrass, fescue, or rye – is a grass that does most of it growth in spring and fall, when the temperatures are a bit cooler. They stay green all year, and in the heat of the summer cool season grasses don’t grow as much, so they don’t need to be mowed as often. All of this translates to mint juleps in the rose garden in July and the greenest February lawn on the block.
Now, that’s the easy answer. The other answer is that your grass is just dead. You may have grubs or something else snacking on the roots. Take a bottomless (and topless) coffee can and ram it into the ground, but not too far. Next you fill the coffee can with soapy water and wait. If you have just worms, your soil is fine. If you have little non-worms swimming in your soapy water, it’s time to treat. To check for grubs on the other hand, you can just dig a square foot plot in your grass. Lift this square sod that you just cut and count the little white albino-cheese-doodle looking things. I think the rule is, if you have more than 6: spray!