Bring Back the Green
Droughts are tough on lawns. The heat, foot traffic, and lack of water take a big toll.
After a while, the grass shuts down and goes dormant. Your lawn looks brown and dead. Not to
worry. Going dormant is a defense mechanism for grass. When the rain comes back, so will your
lawn - mostly.
Sometimes, there's damage. Bare spots or thinning areas are not uncommon. Taking some simple
steps will help you make your lawn as lush and beautiful as it ever was.
Choose the Right Seed
If your lawn looks thin or has bare spots, choose a heat-tolerant seed that's 99.99%
weed-free. Good varieties for heat are tall fescue, Bermuda, or Scotts patented Thermal Blue
Kentucky Bluegrass, the first bluegrass designed to survive the extreme heat. It grows wherever
tall fescue grows. Scotts blends Thermal Blue with top-rated tall fescue so it can not only
stand up to extreme heat, but also do something that tall fescue can't do--aggressively spread
to fill in bare spots and thinning areas. The result is a thicker, greener lawn that can
survive the heat. Look for Thermal Blue Kentucky Bluegrass in Scotts« Turf Builder® Grass Seed
Choose the Right Time to Seed
For the best results, spread new grass seed in the spring or fall. The spring and fall
create the ideal environment for seeds to flourish because of the warm soil, cooler air, and
frequent rainfall. Constant moisture and air temperatures in the 60║ to 85║ range allow for
deeper root growth and quicker germination.
Following these two keys will put you on a successful path to restore your lawn to its
natural beauty and protect it from the harsh sun.