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Don't drown the brown
Don't drown the brown
During the dog days of summer, a few spots on your lawn inevitably turn brown. Soaking the brown spot with water can actually harm it.

Brown grass isn't dead; it has gone dormant to ride out a period of heat and drought. And dormancy isn't harmful. What hurts the lawn is its repeatedly coming in and out of dormancy.

So you need to either water your lawn consistently (which could prevent it from getting brown to begin with) or let nature take its course, which means it will turn green again on its own when the nights cool down and the fall rains come.

NEXT: Go natural - or at least close

Last updated September 04 2008: 5:35 PM ET
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