How to Revive Dead Grass

You do not want to be the neighbor with the worst lawn on the block for a variety of reasons! Dead grass can be an eyesore to neighbors and passersby. Depending on your climate and the state of your grass, you may be able to revive it. However, some grass can be dormant and may need to be replaced. If possible, reviving dead grass versus replacing it can save you time and money in the long run. However, not all grass can be salvaged and may need to be replaced. Below you will find the most helpful options for how to revive dead grass.

How to Revive Dead Grass


Grass and weeds both need water to live and grow. If you have weeds, they can suck the water away from the grass. Pull the weeds and see if this helps with getting your lawn the hydration it needs.


In addition to nutrients, your lawn needs air to grow. While it seems like common sense that your grass would have enough air to grow, the roots also need air to survive. The root health is what determines the health of your grass above ground. When the soil below your grass gets compact, aerating can really help bring air to the roots of your grass.


Lawns need nutrients to flourish. They need a consistent supply of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to grow effectively. Depending on the issues you are having with your lawn, it may be deficient in one or a combination of all three.


This can help fertilize your lawn even though it may seem like you are just mowing dirt. Mow and leave the clippings behind to act as a natural fertilizer. The left-behind clippings decompose and absorb into the lawn. The nitrogen-rich nutrients can help bring life back to your lawn.

Spreading Compost:

This can help change the soil below your grass and give your grass the nutrients it needs to grow again.

Signs of Dormant Grass

If you think your grass is dormant, there are a few signs that can help you confirm if it actually is. First, you can tug on your grass to see how deep the roots are. If you can freely pull out the grass without any tug back, your grass is likely dormant. Second, if you try and water your grass regularly and it just won’t come back to life, it may be dormant. Dehydration is what can kill grass off as it needs the nutrients to grow and sustain strong roots. Dormant grass needs to be replaced as it cannot be revived.

However, if you are unsure if your grass can be revived or if it is completely dormant, it may be time to call the professionals.  Ivy Terra professionals can assess your lawn and determine which treatments are best. Turning to professional lawn experts can save you time and money in the long run as they are skilled and experienced in lawn care. Contact Ivy Terra today for any of your lawncare needs!

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