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Recovering a Damaged Lawn

Heal dead patches left in a well-used yard

Children’s play equipment often leaves lawns discolored. Photo: Andy Pulte.

I have young children, and I’m grateful they choose to spend lots of time outdoors. However, I’m also a gardener who appreciates how a nice lawn can complement my ornamental plantings. My two young boys have a fairly conspicuous plastic playhouse they prefer not to keep in the same spot; it also doubles as a soccer goal. It seems I can’t escape the dead squares of grass that now populate my backyard. Additionally, I frequently field questions about turf grass that has been damaged by kiddy pools and browned by Slip ‘N Slides. This regional report focuses on turf grass recovery from summer fun and beyond.

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This lawn is made from warm-season zoysia grass. Photo: Steve Aitken.

First, determine what type of lawn you have based on two broad categories: warm season or cool season. Warm-season lawns go dormant in the cooler months for those of us…

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