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.
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
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 60º to 85º 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.