You don’t have to wait until your lawn’s turned brown.
You can check the health and hydration of your St Augustine grass before it’s too late. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to do.
Due to the dry spell that Gainesville and North Central Florida have been experiencing recently, we wanted to share a couple of quick little tests you can do to catch dry St Augustine grass.
The good news is that it’s supposed to rain this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need these tips again soon. Keep them in your back pocket to check on your lawn’s health throughout the year.
Quick Tips to Catch Dry St Augustine Grass Before It Gets Brown
The first quality to check for is elasticity. Step lightly on your grass and see how it responds—does it spring back up? Or does your foot leave a clear imprint on the ground?
Like many types of grass, St Augustine loses its springiness and resilience when it’s unhealthy. Weak or brittle blades are a sign of dry St Augustine grass.
Next, you’ll want to check whether the grass blades are folding in on themselves.
A vertical seam runs up every St Augustine grass blade. When the grass gets too dry, the blades will close along this seam in order to conserve the little water they’ve got.
So if you see your grass closing up, you’ll know it’s dehydrated.
What to Do if You Notice These Signs
You’ve tested your grass, and it’s definitely dried out. Now what?
Let’s start with the obvious: your lawn needs to be watered. If you use a sprinkler or irrigation system, turn those on and aim to get about 3/4 inches of water down. You want to soak the grass, but not to the point where excess water is running off. Water in the early morning, so that you don’t lose lots of moisture to evaporation.
Water again as soon as possible according to Alachua County Irrigation Restrictions.
Your next step is to figure out why your lawn dried out in the first place.
If it’s as simple as infrequent or lack of watering, you know what to do next time we hit a dry spell.
But if you have an irrigation system that’s been running like normal, it’s possible there are problems preventing your lawn from getting adequate water. Look for patchiness in your lawn—this could indicate a clogged or low-pressure spot in your irrigation system.
As we’ve discussed before, inefficient irrigation systems can create a host of problems for property owners, from the headache and expense of replacing dead grass, to wasted money on unnecessarily high water bills.
Not sure about the state of your irrigation or sprinkler system? A sprinkler maintenance check will catch problems before they cause serious damage to your lawn. Call (352) 507-5296 or contact Sun Power Lawn Care online for a free sprinkler check estimate.