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Published August 31, 2012, 10:45 PM

Some tips to turn your brown, autumn lawn into a spring spectacle

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It has been one of those summers when it comes to lawn care. Do I water? Should I let it all go? As we get into fall, NDSU turfgrass specialists remind us that dormant doesn't mean dead - What looks horrible now won't next spring.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It has been one of those summers when it comes to lawn care. Do I water? Should I let it all go? As we get into fall, NDSU turfgrass specialists remind us that dormant doesn't mean dead - What looks horrible now won't next spring.

What we wouldn't give for a chunk of green, weedless turf - but let's face it, a lot of us right now have lawns that look like a chunk of the desert.

Ron Smith of NDSU is a grass and turf guru.

Ron Smith - NDSU Horticulturist: “The worst thing you can do is say, ‘I am sick of brown grass,’ and water it water it and then you get the water bill and say, ‘oh my gosh that’s awful’ and you shut it down.”

Horticulturists say either water your lawn or don't; doing it on a sporadic basis does your lawn no good.

Ron Smith: “That exhausts the grass plant and opens the door for weed species to invade. You never want to go ahead and do any cultural treatments to a lawn – mowing, aerating, power raking, fertilizer or treating weeds while the grass is under dormant heat stress.”

So water if you must, but keep it up. Otherwise, know that your golden acre of grass will green up come spring. The grass in your lawn should be no higher than two inches, going into winter.

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