Troubleshooting Brown Patches In The Lawn

There are steps that can be taken to possibly help troubleshoot brown patches on your lawn as well as prevent future occurences.

It's that time of year when the long awaited summer season has arrived and work outside on the lawn

has resumed as well. That's when you may notice brown patches showing up on your lawn and you have

no idea how to prevent it. With the easy steps outlined below, hopefully you will have your lawn

back to the green grass you desire.

First of all, we need to define what brown patches are exactly. Brown patches on the lawn, usually

circular in shape, are due to a fungal disease that is usually brought on by summer weather

conditions such as drought or high heat. The brown patches range in color from yellow to a deeper

hue of brown, and can spread quickly from a few inches to a diameter of a few feet.

Step one:

Water your lawn less frequently and don't over water your lawn to where there is no outlet for

excess water to run off since this may promote the brown patch. Also, the best time to water your

lawn is in the morning hours when the sun doesn't have a chance to dry the moisture in the lawn too


Step two:

If you are fertilizing your lawn, apply the fertilizer evenly to the grass, since uneven application

of fertilizer such as too much in one particular area, can cause that area of grass to burn and

brown. If you already have brown patch on your yard, fertilizing that affected area can sometimes

make the brown patch worse.

Step Three:

Aerate your lawn, which is removing small areas of soil from your lawn. This will allow air and

nutrients to penetrate the lawn to the grass roots and therefore aid the brown patches. This will

also increase the water to the much needed areas of brown patch.

There are power aerators that you can rent at your local rental yard, which may make it easier to

aerate. Be sure to check which type of grass seed is planted on your lawn as this will determine

which time of year the aeration should be done. The warmer climate grasses should be aerated in the

late spring, with other kinds of grasses aerated in the fall.

Step Four:

Examine the soil where the brown patch or patches has occurred, since they usually appear in areas

of the grass that are under stress, for example, extra piles of dirt or sod over an area, bricks or

debris. To remedy this situation, try breaking up the soil to make sure the grass can root more

deeply and water can drain properly.

Step Five:

If there are brown irregular spots, this could possibly due to infestation by insects such as the

chinch bug or grub bug. These brown spots usually appear along the foundations of houses, driveway,

and sidewalks. If you suspect the brown spots are from insects then you should proceed with

insecticide treatment.

Most people would like to have a lush, green lawn and knowing preventive measures to take ahead of

time for the caring of your lawn, will hopefully deter brown patch from occurring on your lawn.

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