Will your established sod come back after turning brown? Yes! Well, normally.
If it's been discolored for more than six weeks, the sod may be past the point of saving. For every week of dryness past the six weeks, you will lose about 25% of the turf to drought, so keep a careful eye on it! Read on for potential causes that go way beyond drought.
Note: If your sod is new, be sure to water it daily.
Why Is Your Sod Damaged?
During the summer, many cities place watering bans or limits on homeowner water usage due to low rainfall amounts. If this is you and you're starting to worry about your sod, follow these tips:
Broadleaf weeds can quickly take over your lawn when the grass isnít lush and green. Weeds can reach sunlight and moisture much more easily — and then spread like wildfire.
It's Not Damaged, It's Just Dormant
If it's been less than six weeks, chances are your grass will come back in 10-14 days — it just needs rain or watering. Dormancy is a common defense mechanism that keeps one area deep inside the plant healthy, and that area will help the entire lawn green up come better weather.
Taking Care of Dormant Grass
If you've determined that your sod has gone dormant, a completely normal defense mechanism, there are a few things you can do:
If your sod is beyond repair and it needs replacing, contact us at 515-331-4900. Shattuck Turf Farms is the go-to sod provider in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and the entire metro area.
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