Brown Grass: Cause and Cure

Brown grassBrown grass can be one of the hardest problems to diagnose in your lawn. This is because there are so many things that can cause it. It could be that your lawn is just not getting the correct amount of water that it needs. It could be a fungus or insects causing the brown spots in your lawn. If you have dogs it is possible that the brown grass is caused by dog urine burning the grass. It could even be that you have the wrong type of grass planted.

As you can see there are an abundance of problems that can result in brown grass in your lawn. Finding the cause of your particular problem could be the worst part of solving the problem. It will take you some time to find the problem and the only way to do this is to investigate on your own or call in a lawn care specialist to find the problem. Specialists can be expensive. You can save yourself some money if you are willing to investigate yourself.

If you think your lawn is not getting enough water it is easy to check. Simply dig up a spot about 4-6 inches deep and check the soil to see if it is dry or compacted. The soil should crumble easily if there is enough moisture in it. You should also check to see how deep the grass roots have grown while you are doing this. Shallow root systems result in grass needing water more often than deep grass roots do.

If the ground is dry and you have had a normal amount of rainfall for your area you may need to consider switching to a more drought tolerant grass. There are many types of grass seed that have been specially engineered for drought tolerance. However, if you noticed that the grass roots are shallow you may be able to solve the problem more easily by raising your mower blade. If you leave the grass taller it will develop a deeper root system that can reach the water more easily as it absorbs into the ground.

Free seasonal remindersIf you think the problem of brown grass spots on your lawn is caused by your dog it is easy to simply watch the dog and see if it has urinated in the area that is becoming brown. There really isn’t anything you can do about this except keep the animal off the lawn.

To check for insects that could be damaging your lawn and causing brown spots you will need to get close to the grass and look for them. You may be able to find signs of insect activity by digging up a small patch of grass and looking for the insects. If this proves to be the problem there are several products you can use to remove the pests. One is a natural cure that is safe for your family and pets is nematodes. This product will naturally kill off most lawn pests without harming the ecology.

Brown grass can also be cured quickly with our Quick Greening Blend.

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