Is your lawn golden brown and crispy, aka sunburned? Don’t despair, look around, you are not alone. The extreme heat and lack of rain this summer has created havoc on eastern Ontario’s usual lush green landscape. My heart goes out to the farmers in the area whose crops are so severely affected.
In comparison, the condition of my lawn seems trivial…my front yard usually gets sunburned in late July/early August as it has a southern exposure getting full sun pretty well all day, but this year it is well beyond “dry”. Please remember, grass is supposed to go dormant in these extreme conditions. At this point there is nothing you can do to revitalize it as it will not respond to fertilier and water is not enough. Fortunately, our nice green lawns will return with cooler weather and some rainy days. When this happens, and your grass starts to turn green again, you can apply a fertilizer to strengthen the roots which will promote a faster recovery.
The one positive thing about the condition of our lawns is that it is easy to pick out the weeds! If you have the energy in this heat, now would be a great time to remove those pesky weeds including the green “creeping” sort that edge the driveways. Then when the cooler, wetter weather does arrive you can sprinkle some grass seed where those weeds were growing.