If you’re concerned about the health of your lawn and how the unique Los Angeles climate can affect it, be sure to keep an eye of out for these common issues that can play a big role in increasing lawn health risks.
One of the biggest threats to the health of your lawn in Los Angeles is a lack of water. When your lawn does not get enough water, your grass begins to lose color and develop a faded appearance. After a while, your grass will begin to wilt, before eventually turning brown due to the lack of water.
Some grass species, such as Ryegrass, are better able to adapt to dry conditions. Others are suited to cooler, wetter climates, and are easily killed off by hot, dry weather.
When you notice your lawn starting to turn brown and losing its lush appearance, your instinct may be to start watering it every day. But watering your lawn too frequently can cause more harm than good.
Ideally, your lawn should be watered three times a week, and should get about a third of an inch of water each time. If you do any more than that, you risk overwatering your lawn. Overwatering can lead to infestations of pests and insects, accelerated weed growth, and an increased risk of fungal infestation; all of which can cause your lawn look dull and sickly, instead of lush and healthy.
Choosing the Wrong Kind of Grass
One of the biggest mistakes people often make when re-seeding their lawn is choosing the wrong kind of grass. In LA, it is important to choose a grass species that is drought resistant and can survive on little water.
Some types of grass, known as cool season grasses, thrive in cooler, wetter climates, while others, known as warm season grasses thrive in warmer climates. Drought resistant, warm season grasses like Bermuda grass, buffalo grass, and St. Augustine grass are ideal for the warm, dry climate of Southern California.
Pests and Diseases
Pest infestations and fungal infections can pose a threat to the health of your lawn. Common fungal infections in southern California include Fusarium blight, which thrives in high temperatures and under drought conditions. Another common lawn disease is summer patch disease, which thrives in overwatered lawns during higher temperatures.
Common pests like chinch bugs and grub worms can wreak havoc on your lawn. Chinch bugs leave yellow patches in your lawn and make your lawn more susceptible to drought damage. Grub worms live in the soil under your lawn and feed on the roots of your grass. Eventually, you will notice brown patches beginning to appear in your lawn.
If you notice signs of fungal infection or insect infestation in your lawn, it is important to get it treated right away.
One of the biggest threats to the health of your lawn can be something as simple as incorrectly mowing your lawn. Many people don’t realize that mower blades need to be sharpened regularly. Mowing your lawn with a dull mower can rip and tear the blades of grass instead of cutting them evenly, which can make your lawn more susceptible to fungal infections.
Another common mistake homeowners make is mowing too short. Ideally, you should not remove more than a third of the blade of grass when you mow. Cutting your lawn too short can increase the likelihood of fungus or other diseases. It can also make your lawn more susceptible to drought damage.
Common maintenance mistakes like failing to regularly aerate your lawn can pose a threat to the health of your lawn. Regularly aerating your lawn is important, especially in Southern California, where many people have clay soils, or rock-and-clay mixed soils in their yard. Rock and clay soils are more vulnerable to compaction, and compacted soils are less able to deliver nutrients, water, and oxygen to the root system of your lawn, which can leave your lawn looking faded, wilted, or patchy.
Ensuring your lawn is in good health is imperative to keeping it lush and beautiful throughout the year. With LA’s oft-hot and drought-like climate, it’s highly recommended you call in the professionals if you’re unable to keep your lawn in tip top shape. To eliminate lawn health risks and for all of you lawn care needs, Lawnscape is here to help. Contact us today.