every July, my lawn goes dormant . Beautiful green April May and June

Asked April 12, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

every July, my lawn goes dormant . Beautiful green April May and June

Essex County New Jersey

1 Response

Without seeing your lawn an exact answer is not possible. Taking a patch to your county agent would be the best advice. However the cause might be the lack of adequate water. If your lawn consists of cool season grasses like tall fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass and is not getting at least an inch of water a week, or more is the soil is sandy, it will go dormant. Setting the lawn mower to 3 inches or more, not fertilizing in hot weather and watering deeply will help prevent this. If your lawn is heavily compacted the water could run off without soaking in. Aerating the lawn might help. Areas under trees, south facing hills and sandy soil will be most susceptible. Hot dry summers after cool wet springs encourage summer dormancy. I hope this helps. Tony