A Trampled Lawn

You may not notice any lawn damage for a day or two after the wedding or rehearsal dinner. The turf may initially look a bit flattened, but still in good shape. Two or three days later, however, you will probably see the grass turning a lighter color as broken blades begin to die.

Not to worry…with a little help your turf will recover. Here’s what you should plan on doing:


  1. Water the yard well the day after the wedding if at all possible. However, if the tent company or caterer have yet to clear their equipment and will be walking repeatedly over the grass, wait until they have finished before watering. Walking on top of saturated soil actually does more damage and makes the dirt more compact.
  2. When you water, do it deeply. A soaking for an hour or more, followed by two days when the grass isn’t watered is always better for your lawn. Don’t set automatic sprinklers to run for a few minutes every day…that just dampens the surface of the soil while leaving the roots below parched.
  3. If the weather is extremely hot, water every three days while the lawn recovers. If the daytime temperatures aren’t above 80, water every four or five days.
  4. Don’t fertilize immediately. In fact, if you’ve been on a regular fertilizing program stick to the normal spring and fall applications. Don’t fertilize a lawn in the heat of the summer, wedding or not.
  5. Rake bare areas to loosen soil and scatter seed. Although this is best done in cooler weather, for small areas you can get away with it in hot weather as well. Reapply seed on thin areas in mid-April or mid-September.

    The finer lawn grasses in this lawn suffered more damage from 150 guests walking to and from the reception tent, leaving the crab grass more predominant! Deep watering and some fall seeding restored the lawn and if desired, the homeowner can apply crabgrass control next spring.

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