It has been a while since I have posted, and WOW is all I can say about this summer. The extreme heat and drought is killing this grass. The only remedy for your lawn right now is water. Good, deep, waterings.
Everywhere I look this year I see brown and yellow grass. It is hot and this weather really stresses the grass out. Many lawns are going dormant, and some are even dead. There is not much you can do to a lawn in the middle of this harsh St. Louis summer. But you can water.
I will tell you what I have been doing this summer. I have been watering my lawn once a week on Sundays. I have an oscillating sprinkler and leave it on my yard from 5-8 hours. Give my lawn a good soak. My lawn has responded very well. It is bright green and very healthy.
What the deep watering does is soak the soil multiple inches deep. This forces the roots to search for the water. If you water your lawn lightly, multiple times per week the roots will not have to search for water and the roots will stay towards the surface, creating grass that is more susceptible to the heat. The deep roots are cooler and this will prevent the heat from damaging your lawn. It also keeps the surface area of your lawn dry most of the time, cutting down the chance of fungus and disease.
If you ever have any questions about your lawn and the St. Louis area. Please do not hesitate to call me. I would be happy to answer any lawn questions you have.