Dry patches in your lawn are stressful for both you and your lawn. They can be frustrating to deal with. Have you ever wondered how to fix the dead spots? The good news is that most lawns can make a full recovery with the proper care. The most common problem for dried out grass is due to inadequate water, fertilizer burn or dog urine. It is important to determine what caused the damage to your lawn. When your grass needs water it may dry out in irregular patches, or the drying may spread over the entire lawn. Dry grass caused by dog urine typically occurs in small patches, while fertilizer burn can occur over a large area.
First feel the soil in the dry spot midday and check if it feels dry. Turn on your lawn sprinkler system and watch to see if you have any broken sprinklers or if the dry areas are being covered. If you need a sprinkler repair this is where we shine – Sprinkler Master can fix any sprinkler problem. We would be happy to come out and take a look at your sprinkler system. Just give a call at one of our many locations. Not sure if you have a leak or broken sprinkler? Sprinkler Master can also help come up with a solution. Call us today; we will come out and run through your sprinkler system and do a thorough inspection to find the problem causing dry spots.
Broken Sprinkler System
Most of the time, lawn sprinklers are broken and you don’t see them because it runs at night. Broken sprinklers, according to the USU Extension Office, are the biggest waste of water in the U.S. and main cause of dry spots.
To find out if your sprinklers are set for the proper runtime, you can put an empty tuna can or rain gauge and leave it on the dry spot and let it collect water to see if the spot is getting enough water. It should contain ¾ of an inch in the tuna can with one cycle.
How To Water With A Sprinkler System
When watering your lawn the goal is to get the water deep in the soil. The deeper you get the water into the soil the hardier and healthier your lawn will become. To achieve deep watering, set your timer for about three days per week and run your zones (stations) for a longer period of time. You may have to water longer per zone depending on the position of the sun, the soil type, and the sprinkler type.
When to Water
DO NOT WATER AT WHEN THE SUN IS AT ITS HIGHEST POINT! Watering at the heat of the day can burn your lawn by creating a magnifying glass effect with the water drops, also evaporation will become very high. The best time to set you timer is at night or early morning such as 4:00 am.
Lawn problem? Here is a list to help you determine what actions should be taken.
Problem: Brown dry spots, not enough water
Solution: Check your sprinkler system. Use tools to measure water output. Set water timer and times accordingly to water correctly.
Problem: Brown dry spots. Patches of lawn are dried out. High traffic areas are dried out.
Solution: When there are high traffic areas on the lawn the soil can become compacted. Aerate the lawn annually to improve the overall health of your grass. The water will be able to penetrate deeper, resulting in stronger roots and beautiful lush green grass.
Problem: Small dry spots left from dog’s urine.
Solution: During high temperatures of 90 degrees and above, pet urine can kill the roots and burn the grass. Dog urine is high in nitrogen and will kill the grass roots. Spraying over the urine with a watering hose minutes after your dog urinates will help dilute the urine. Train your pet to urinate in a designated space away from the main lawn. Planting new seed will help fill in the spots where the roots have completely died out.
Problem: Fertilizer burns, yellow dry stripes or patches of dead grass.
Solution: Use a garden hose and sprinkler to soak the burned area. Allow the water to saturate and carry away the excess fertilizer. Rake up and throw away dead grass and soil. Next add a fresh top soil to the area. Plant new grass in the bare areas, and then water sufficiently.