Will Dead Lawns and Trees Recover from Drought?
Clay County, MN — Prior to this week, parts of our region went weeks without any rain at all, and some went months without any significant moisture. This caused lawns to turn brown and trees to start dropping their leaves and acorns much ahead of schedule. Now that moisture is returning to the Red River Valley, will it be enough to bring it back? Clay County Extension Agent Randy Nelson says those lawns that dried up should slowly start turning green again over the next couple weeks, but it is possible some reseeding may be needed.
If you want to do some investigating, Nelson says there are some things you can look for that may indicate whether or not your lawn will recover.
You may have noticed trees where it appears one of the branches has already dropped its leaves. That doesn’t, however, necessarily mean that the branch has completed died off. Nelson says that’s just a way for mature trees to manage the stress caused by drought.
If you do need to reseed your lawn, the good news is that Nelson says that this is the perfect time of year to do that. Listen to the full interview with Randy Nelson with Clay County Extension about the impact of the drought on our lawn, trees, and gardens this Friday at 9am during the Kaleidoscope Program or listen below: