How to Revive Diseased Grass

Brown or bald patches in your lawn may be a sign your grass is diseased, but a brown lawn doesn’t necessarily mean a dead lawn. Grass may simply be dormant and can be revived with appropriate lawn care. Patchy areas may be due to drought, fungal disease, grub infestations, animal urine or improper lawn care, mowing or fertilization techniques. Alabama Professional Services can help you determine the underlying problem with your lawn and provide professional lawn care service.

Dormant or Diseased?

Look for life in your lawn by searching for green shoots among the brown, straw-like stalks of grass. Although grass may look dead, it could just be dormant. Grass can survive in a dormant state for extended periods of time and can be revived somewhat easily. However, if you have taken steps to revive your lawn, and it hasn’t produced any results within a month, your grass is likely diseased. Tug on a handful of brown grass. If it pulls out without resistance, your grass has a weakened root system. When grass is truly dead, you need a complete revitalization through fresh lawn seed application, or sod for quicker results.

Lawn Care Steps

Before you give up on your old lawn, try to revive it. Start by making sure grass can absorb as much moisture as possible.

  • Remove thatch buildup with a de-thatcher. Thatch is an accumulation of dead organic matter such as leaves and grass clippings that prevents moisture from getting to the roots of your grass.
  • Use an aerator to punch holes in the lawn. This allows moisture delivery directly to your lawn’s root system.
  • Water your lawn thoroughly to restore moisture and encourage new root growth. Always soak it early in the morning before the sun is high enough to cause rapid moisture evaporation.
  • Stay off your lawn as much as possible. Any weight compacts the soil and makes moisture absorption more difficult.

After a couple of weeks of watering, fertilize your lawn with a balanced fertilizer using a spreader. Treat individual weeds with an herbicide. Weeds use up moisture and nutrients your lawn needs to flourish.
Once grass is growing again:

  • Maintain around 1/2 to 3/4 inches for Bermuda and 3/4 to 1 inch for Zoysia.
  • Keep mower blades sharpened.
  • Mulch to keep your lawn nitrogen-rich.
  • Water weekly with about one inch of water.

Alabama Professional Services can help you achieve greener grass. Our lawn care professionals keep your yard looking great year-round with regularly scheduled maintenance. Contact us to schedule your service today.