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Curt WohleberWriterUniversity of Missouri ExtensionPhone: 573-882-5409Email: WohleberC@missouri.edu
Published: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Brad S. Fresenburg, 573-268-2545
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
People too often see brown areas in their lawn and automatically think “disease,” says Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
It’s an understandable reaction, he said, but the browning of cool-season grass just means it’s gone dormant.
“Dormancy doesn’t mean that the grass is dying. It just means it’s going into survival mode until it can get sufficient moisture.”
While it may be unsightly to some, there are advantages to a dormant lawn. Fresenburg said dormant grass is less susceptible to disease and you won’t have to mow it in the heat of the summer.
Grasses, as with all plants, have mechanisms that help them survive unfavorable conditions.
“It’s a good thing, too. Otherwise, we’d have a bare Earth,” Fresenburg said.
For more lawn and garden information from MU Extension, go to extension.missouri.edu/LawnGarden.
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