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How Can You Tell if Your Grass is Actually Dead?

How Can You Tell if Your Grass is Actually Dead?

One question that baffles homeowners across the country is this: how can you tell if your grass is actually dead, or only dormant?

With the end of the year fast approaching, you’ll probably feel tempted to stay inside. After all, the cold, wind, and snow make it really hard to want to spend time outdoors. However, the grind of taking care of your lawn never stops. Even if you don’t have to worry about the condition of the grass as often, that doesn’t mean you can stop nourishing it or looking after it. One question that baffles homeowners across the country is this: how can you tell if your grass is actually dead, or only dormant? We’re glad you asked – because we have some info for you!

Perform the Tug Test Method 

First of all, don’t hesitate to try the so-called tug test. What does this entail, exactly? Well, look for a patch of brown grass. Then try to pull it up off the ground; if it comes out with almost no effort, then the grass is dead. At this point, you’ll need to regrow the lawn, because it is no longer capable of regenerating by itself. That’s why you can choose between using seed or sod. Alternatively, you could decide to use mulch, rocks, or groundcover instead. In any case, make sure to feed and water your lawn as you go along. 

Double Check for Odd Growth Patterns 

Next up, do some reconnaissance around your property. Look for odd growth patterns that weren’t there before – if your entire lawn is brown, then it is only dormant. On the other hand, random spots or circles of yellow or brown grass will indicate that part of the lawn is either dying or is already gone. Bothersome pests or signs of lawn disease can be the culprit as much as lack of sunlight or shade. 

Think About Fluctuating Weather Forecasts 

Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Taking care of lawns across the Mid-Atlantic region – whether in Delaware or Maryland, for instance – can be extra challenging due to changing weather conditions – ie fog, rain, and sleet all in the same day! Temperature changes can make you feel uncomfortable and it can stress out the grass in your lawn as well. 

Stick to Your Typical Watering Routine 

Staying hydrated is an essential part of staying healthy. As such, don’t ignore how thirsty your grass can get. Stick to the same watering routine you’ve used over the past several months. Sufficient watering will help revive dormant grass turn green again while telling you where the dead grass is because you won’t see any changes.  

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