Brown spots are one of the ugliest and most frustrating parts of caring for a residential or commercial lawn. There are numerous causes of brown spots, which can make them hard to troubleshoot and treat. What are the most common causes of brown spots and how can you prevent them on your lawn?
The Most Common Causes of Brown Spots
- Temporary structures in your yard like swimming pools, waterslides, bounce houses and inflatable water slides. All of these temporary structures are so heavy that the grass underneath can be suffocated. Lawn damage from a bounce house can occur in one afternoon, so be careful when placing temporary structures in your yard.
- Dull lawn mower blades will tear your grass instead of cutting it, which leads to grass death.
- Mower blades that are set too low to the ground will cut the grass too short and cause death and damage.
- Did you use any harsh chemicals on or near your lawn? Fertilizer, herbicides and gas can all instantly kill patches of your lawn and leave behind dead spots.
- If you have pets, animal urine can lead to urine spots that appear almost exactly the same as dead patches.
Preventing Brown Spots
If you are dealing with unattractive dead spots in your yard, you should use the following list to guide your troubleshooting:
- Make sure your lawnmower blades are sharp and that your mower is not too close to the ground.
- Use a professional landscaping service to keep your yard clean, lush and green.
- Aerate your lawn annually to allow the soil and grass roots to breathe.
- If you water your lawn, do so early in the morning so that the grass can dry during the day.
- Keep an eye out for signs of lawn fungus, since early detection is critical to successful treatment.
- Read the instructions on any lawn treatments and fertilizers you use before using them.
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