What we’re noticing:
  • Brutal…

  • We saw it in the lawns already but it became official with the metrological end of summer: 2021 was the warmest summer ever recorded in the Twin Cities. Source: National Weather Service Twin Cities

  • As if the hottest summer EVER wasn’t enough for our lawns to contend with, this drought is caused by a significant deficit in rainfall. How much??

    • The summer alone is below 70% precipitation over most of Hennepin County (This includes 4″+ of rainfall happening in the last weeks of August. The end of August had rainfall amounts totaling about 1/3 of the average rainfall to this point in the season. We’re 70% low even with a 33% [false] stat boost)

    • Scroll to the bottom of this page to see us talking about the precipitation deficit experienced last summer. We’re at 50% or less of precipitation over the last 12 months.

Source: National Weather Service Twin Cities

  • We’re seeing what grass will be coming back and what grass is gone for good to this “roughest summer in ProLawns existence” – since 1980 — Or maybe ever in the Twin Cities. Records going back to 1872 don’t show a rougher year:

      • Yellowish grass that is still standing upright should start coming back to life from dormancy

      • Brownish grass that is laying down is likely dead

What we’re doing:
  1. Cleaning up the broadleaf weeds that take thrive in hot dry conditions and take advantage of heat stressed turf areas

  2. Cleaning up crabgrass that’s broken though our preventer due to the heat we’ve had this summer

  3. We’re out aerating and overseeding every day helping repair lawns effected by this summers heat and drought

What you can be doing:
  1. Prepare your mower and leaf cleanup equipment for an early leaf drop – trees are just as stressed as grass and will be dropping their leaves early this year.

  2. Water appropriately (amount and timing are both important!) – keep watering if we don’t get rain. Water up until frost in the fall