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What Causes Brown Patches on Your Lawn and How to Treat Them

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WHAT CAUSES BROWN PATCHES ON YOUR LAWN AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

Your landscaping is often the first thing that people notice when they visit your home. A lawn stained with brown spots can draw attention away from your landscaping and negatively impact your curb appeal.
Many homeowners have difficulty maintaining a healthy, lush lawn. What causes brown spots in lawns? And how can they be prevented? Many homeowners assume brown spots are the result of insufficient watering, but it’s not the only reason these patches develop. In reality, there are many reasons why brown patches can appear on lawns. Continue reading to find out more about brown spots on lawns and what you can do about them.
Thatch
Thatch is a layer of organic matter that has decomposed between the roots system and the grass blades. If thatch becomes more than half an inch thick, it can cause your grass to die by blocking the flow of nutrients, air, and water.
Treatment and Prevention: Brown spots can be caused by thatch on your lawn. This involves using a tool that is usually found in garden shops to remove the thick layer. Aerating your lawn can help to resolve the problem. This involves using a tool that pokes holes in your soil to allow it to breathe.
Grubs
Grubs are a common cause of brown spots on dead grass. The underground roots are eaten by plump beetle larvae, which can cause brown patches of dead grass.
Treatment and Prevention: To get rid of grubs in your lawn, you can introduce beneficial nematodes to the lawn or milky spores. Professional pest control companies can help you get rid of grubs.
Improper Mowing
Although you may believe that all lawn mowing (and lawn mowers) are the same, incorrect lawn mowing methods or a poorly maintained lawn mower can cause brown spots to develop.
Brown spots can be caused by cutting your grass too short. This happens because the grass blade is being damaged. A second problem is using dull lawn mower blades. Dull blades can damage your grass blades, and may result in dead grass.

Treatment and Prevention: The solution to brown spots caused by improper mowing is fairly simple. To avoid cutting too short grass, raise your mower blades to the correct length for your grass type and make sure they are sharpened so they don’t become dull and damage the grass.

Pet Urine
Brown spots can develop when your pet uses the yard as its toilet. High levels of nitrogen in the urine of your dog or another animal can cause brown spots in your grass, especially if your pet consistently urinates in the same area.
Treatment and Prevention: Raking up dead brown patches caused by urine is the best treatment. To grow new grass, you can spread topsoil or grass seeds.
Low Soil Quality
Brown spots can occur if your soil is of poor quality and is not properly aerated. This can be determined by inserting a long-head screwdriver into the soil. This could be the problem if you encounter a lot of resistance.
Treatment and Prevention: The treatment and prevention of this problem are to properly aerate your lawn so that it can breathe better and can absorb nutrients more easily.
Dormant Season
Certain grasses are more susceptible to brown patches than others. There are two types of grasses: cool-season and warm-season. The majority of warm-season grasses can be found in more tropical or humid areas, such as the southern United States. These grasses become dormant during winter. As you might guess, the northern states typically plant cool-season grasses, which have different dormancy patterns.
You may find a mixture of both types of grass in certain areas, such as North and South Carolina, and Georgia. This means that each type of grass will experience its dormant period and will eventually die off, leaving some lawns brown.
Treatment and Prevention: Brown spots that are caused by a grass’s dormant season are expected. After the dormant season has ended, your grass will return to normal.
Brown Patch Disease
Brown patch disease is most common in hot and humid climates. It is caused by a fungus called Rhizoctonia. It results in large patches of brown, dead grass that are surrounded by a smoke-ring border.
Treatment and Prevention: Brown patch disease can be treated and prevented by knowing the weather. While appropriate watering can help temper the problem, it is best not to overwater the lawn. Your lawn can also be affected by excessive moisture.
Many homeowners notice a difference in their lawns after applying fungicides to brown patch disease. A professional lawn care specialist can help you determine which fungicide is best for your lawn.
Who can determine the cause of brown lawn patches?
A lawn care professional is well-versed in the causes of brown spots. A professional lawn care company will inspect your lawn using the right tools and resources. They will identify the probable cause of the brown spots and help you to treat them and prevent future problems.

Get a Professional to Help You With Your Lawn
Homeowners in the CSRA realize how difficult it is to keep their outside spaces looking their best. A professional lawn care service can help you bring a struggling lawn back to life or simply take the burden of regular lawn maintenance off your plate. Let Willow Creek Outdoor Management help. We are based in Harlem, GA, to serve Evans, Grovetown, and the greater Augusta, GA, area. Contact us today at (706) 829-6004 to request your free estimate. You can trust us to take care of your yard, so you can simply enjoy it.

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