How to Deal with a Sun Scorched Lawn
Because of the extensive damage sun exposure (and weed killer) can cause your lawn, scorching is a problem many homeowners encounter when trying to cultivate a lush, luxuriant lawn. Summer months are notorious for uneven rain and often homeowners don’t provide the kind of consistent watering their lawns really need to thrive, let alone avoid being scorched.
A lawn gets scorched when sun exposure affects the root system. And typically that happens when water doesn’t reach down far enough and the roots have to move closer to the surface to reach it. The closer to the surface your lawn’s root system is the more exposed it is to extreme conditions (be they heat or cold). Shallow watering can spell disaster for a lawn. As a general rule, it’s always important to ensure that your watering reaches down six inches below the surface.
One reason the water may not be reaching the root systems of your lawn is the soil may be heavily compacted. When the soil is dense and there is no room for roots to grow, they become shallow. If your lawn is compacted, a simple soil aerating tool will help make room or your lawns roots to grow.
Test your soil to see how much depth your watering is enjoying. A simple dry paint stir will do the trick nicely. Stick it deep into the soil before watering. The depth to which soil extends down the stir will give you a good idea of how deeply your water reaches. If your water line is less than six inches deep, you may want to extend a bit more time to your watering routine.
Another way root systems suffer is harsh chemical added when weed killer or fertilizer is applied destroy the microbes in your lawn’s soil beneficial to your grass’s health. One unusual trick to nurturing those beneficial microbes is adding sugar to your lawn. Yes, adding sugar helps those tiny critters thrive, and they thank you by supporting your lawn’s health.
One tip for helping detoxify a treated lawn is adding activated charcoal. It helps reverse the effects of improperly applied fertilizer or weed killer.
If patches (or the whole lawn for that matter), are already too far gone, you may just have to re-sod or re-seed.
And if that is the case, take the above measures before your lawn gets scorched again. You definitely don’t want to get into the pattern of constant re-seeding or re-sodding your lawn.
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