Dormant Grass and Fertilizer

Asked July 17, 2019, 8:44 PM EDT

My dad had mentioned to put Scott's Turfbuilder Lawn Food on my lawn and from what people are saying it sounds as though we did it after the yard had gone dormant due to not watering. Will this kill the grass? How do I keep it alive?

Adams County Colorado

1 Response

If your lawn is dormant (brown) it will not be able to take advantage of the fertilizer. However, as long as you applied it at the labeled rate it is not likely to damage the lawn either.

If you start watering the grass again it will come out of dormancy. It may even be able to use some of the nutrients you applied. We recommend watering 2-3 times a week (3 when the weather is as warm as it is now. You can find good guidance on setting an irrigation schedule here:

Good information on caring for lawns in Colorado can be found here:

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any questions.