Yep, that’s what we had. A long, hot Summer drought. I am not sure if a drought was ever declared around these here parts, but a drought is what we had. I know that when there is hardly any water in the river down the road, we have problems.
On top of the lack of water, the heat was unbearable. This really did a number on the grass. What once looked really great and promising in the Spring turned into brown crispy grass in the Summer. It was terribly depressing. It seemed like all my hard work went down the tubes.
I will tell you that I am starting to see a glimmer of hope out there in the lawn. Much of the bluegrass that I planted it starting to spread to some of the more damaged parts of the lawn. As the temperature begins to cool down in early September, I am seeing little sprouts of grass pop up all over the place. I spread a bag of Scotts Turf Builder fertilizer to help things along. I think bluegrass really likes fertilizer.
The only problem is that we still haven’t had that much rain. We had a few days here and there, but not enough to make a difference. I thought we were going to get something out of hurricane Earl, but that didn’t really materialize. I am sure that as the rains continue to return throughout the Autumn, I will see a huge improvement in what once was dried brown grass. I think the bluegrass will spread nicely.
I was considering aerating and overseeding again this year, but since the bluegrass that I put down last year is doing the work for me, I think I will save a hundred bucks and see what happens by itself. I’ll just do my normal rounds of fertilizer.