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Old Yesterday, 12:55 PM
 
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I cleaned and sealed my deck this weekend. To prevent the cleaner and sealer from getting to my lawn, I covered the lawn with plastic sheet. The job took longer the entire day and it was blazing hot. When I finally removed the sheet, the entire lawn is ghostly yellow. Am I just screwed now? Do I have to remove the existing lawn and do over????
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Old Yesterday, 01:10 PM
 
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“Fair warning:
If your ever going to do something so thoughtless as trying to “solarize” and suffocate me- I am going to trip you any chance I get and send attack ants and yellow jackets onto you..You have been warned!”

P.S.
I might forgive you if you give me a nice slow cool deep water drink now and a bit of fertilizer in Sept/October.

Some new Babies-seeds would be nice to have around the same time too.

I will green up in a few days or when it cools off at the latest ...”

Signed,
” Your former green lawn”
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Old Yesterday, 01:13 PM
 
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“Fair warning:
If your ever going to do something so thoughtless as trying to “solarize” and suffocate me- I am going to trip you any chance I get and send attack ants and yellow jackets onto you..You have been warned!”

Signed,
” Your former green lawn”

P.S.
I might forgive you if you give me a nice slow cool deep water drink now and a bit of fertilizer in Sept/October. I will green up in a few days or next year at the latest ...
Some new Babies-seeds would be nice to have around the same time too.
I checked the bottom of the grass and some are still green. I may still have a chance? I quickly watered the lawn already. I shouldn't fertilize right away?
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Old Yesterday, 01:20 PM
 
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I checked the bottom of the grass and some are still green. I may still have a chance? I quickly watered the lawn already. I shouldn't fertilize right away?
Depending where you are geographically: if it is not yet too hot and you have cool nights- you may very lightly fertilize you lawn -0.5- 1 lbs of nitrogen per 1000sq ft of your lawn. More is not better.
The best time to add seeds and to fertilize is fall -Sept/Oct- in cool season grasses country.

Your grass leaves are damaged by heat and sun. Let them recover ( green-up) first.
Is not a good idea to flood your lawn with water and fertilizer- as some roots might been cooked by the sun.
Be patient- it should recover...Don’t add misery by overwatering now- give a slow deep drink if it is dry where you are once a week or so.
If you have about 1 inch of rain per week - you don’t even need to water
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Old Yesterday, 01:57 PM
 
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Find some moles. Introduce them to your damaged lawn. Then, when anybody asks about the lawn, blame it on the moles.
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Old Yesterday, 02:31 PM
 
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I checked the bottom of the grass and some are still green. I may still have a chance? I quickly watered the lawn already. I shouldn't fertilize right away?
You do not fertilize a patient. NO! Deep water again in the morning. Give it time!!!!
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Old Yesterday, 02:36 PM
 
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How / when do I know if I need to pull everything away and reseed? It's almost 90s the next 4 days in Chicago so I will make sure to water every morning. The lawn gets constant sun with no shade.

Thank for all the advice so far. I am such an idiot. I covered the lawn only because 2 years ago when I redid the deck, the cleaner and sealant caused major damage to patches of the lawn. This time I was trying to do the necessary prep work to avoid another lawn disaster and of course I messed up AGAIN. Sigh.
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Old Yesterday, 03:06 PM
 
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It will probably come back. Do NOT fertilize. Cut it as usual to remove some yellow dead leaves but no shorter because new stuff needs a bit of shade. Don’t drown it but water as usual or less since it isn’t transpiring. Just wait.
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Old Yesterday, 05:10 PM
 
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Water, if needed, and let Mother Nature do her work. The plastic hasn’t killed the roots.

What kind of grass is it?
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Old Yesterday, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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If your lawn is Bermuda grass you couldn't kill it with nuclear weapons. It'll grow back, don't panic.
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