You work hard to keep your home looking nice, and that includes a healthy looking lawn. As your lawn greens up this spring, brown patches can ruin the appearance and health of your yard.
The following are a few things that could be causing the brown patches in your lawn and what you can do to treat the brown patches.
Dull Lawn Mower Blades
Brown spots that appear after mowing are often caused by a dull mower blade. Dull blades will shred the grass instead of cutting it cleanly and will damage the ends. This causes the tips of the grass to die and turn brown. You can easily fix this by sharpening or replacing the blades on your mower. For more information on mowing, read our full guide on mowing your lawn for various grass and time of the year.
Lawn Fungus Control
If your brown patches appear in hot, wet weather, then you are most likely to have a brown patch fungus also known as Rhizoctonia, or Brown Patch. This tends to pop up when the temperatures reach about 65 degrees and activity increases significantly in temperatures ranging from 80-85 degrees. This fungus grows incredibly fast in circular patterns that can grow to be several feet wide.
The best solution to this problem is a lawn fungus control treatment. A lawn care professional can help you quickly control the fungus and prevent it from coming back. Through our seasonal lawn care program in Dallas, we inspect and treat your lawn for fungus year round. Our certified technicians are trained to spot signs of disease early and deliver the appropriate treatment to fix the problem.
To prevent fungus and diseases from occurring in your lawn:
- Fertilize your lawn throughout the year to promote strong, healthy turf
- Mow less often during hot and humid weather
- If possible, prune overhanging trees to allow more light and airflow for the grass
- Aerate your lawn in the cooler months
For more details on how to treat the brown patches in your lawn due to fungus, read our full guide "treating brown patch fungus".
Over Fertilizing Your Lawn
Fertilizers are great at helping your grass grow but like everything, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Fertilizers are essentially salts mixed with other nutrients, using too much can damage the roots of your grass, creating wide brown patches throughout your lawn.
With a professional lawn care service, you can ensure that your lawn gets the correct amount of fertilizer throughout the year. With our custom seven step lawn care program, we regularly fertilize your lawn and customize our treatments to the climate in the Metroplex.
Check for Signs of Drought Stress
Drought stress can occur in your lawn when your plants and turfgrass aren’t receiving enough rainfall or water to sustain their growth and plant life. This most commonly occurs during the hot summer months, and will also cause dull, brown patches in your lawn.
To treat these brown patches, you may need to adjust your watering schedule, depth, or frequency to avoid signs of drought stress in your lawn. Follow our watering guide for your lawn to ensure your grass is receiving the water and nutrients it needs to grow to its healthiest, fullest potential. And read our guide on how to identify and avoid drought stress in your lawn this summer.
Professional Lawn Care in the Metroplex
A well cared for lawn is the best defense against unwanted brown patches. We provide customize lawn care throughout the Dallas area and can help you keep your lawn looking its best year-round!