Drought Induced Dormancy

by / Monday, 03 December 2012 / Published in Common Lawn Diseases

Drought Induced DormancyExamples of drought induced heat stress and lawn going into summer dormancy resulting from insufficient water or too long of time period in between lawn watering.

If your lawn has areas that look similar to the photos above, it is the result of not enough water or allowing lawn to become too dry between waterings. The lawn may look like straw and appears to be dead or dying. When proper and thorough watering is resumed, and if the lawn does not become dry again, the lawn will usually recover completely in 4 – 5 weeks. Be patient, and don’t over water. The soil will only hold so much water and over watering will just waste water and will not accelerate the recovery time. Avoid watering at night as the lawn remains wet for extended periods and increases the potential for fungus problems. It is best to water the lawn early in the morning, calculate the sprinkler run cycles to complete watering around 6:00 A.M. You may need to start the sprinkler cycle at 2 or 3:00 A.M., depending on the number of stations and length of cycle run time to finish by 6:00 A.M..

Drought Induced Dormancy

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