One of the most frustrating aspects of lawn maintenance is making sure your grass stays the same length, color, and thickness throughout. Maintaining a balanced, consistent looking lawn can be a challenge, especially if you can’t tell what’s causing the discoloration or inconsistency. Fortunately, most inconsistently grown or patchy grass can be easily remedied with a little knowledge and some easy DIY steps.
Deeper Green Spots
If you have patchy grass that is deep green, and much more vibrant than the surrounding turf, your first instinct may be to ignore it, or try and figure out why the rest of your grass appears to be lagging behind. This instinct can sometimes be correct; it’s possible you just have some exceptionally healthy grass in one or two areas due to soil or watering inconsistencies that aren’t much to worry about. On the other hand, a patch of deeper green grass can be a sign that there are some issues going on that may take some time and effort to deal with.
Most commonly, you may see some deeper green patchy grass in areas that get more shade during the day. If you have one section of your lawn that’s getting less sun, it’s possible that area of turfgrass is simply getting more water to its roots than other areas of your lawn. If this is the case, you may want to test your watering system, and make sure you’re getting enough water, around 1 to 1.5 inches, to your grass. If your lawn is getting at least this much water, you may want to think about watering more in areas that get excessive sun, as you may be dealing with drought conditions that are disrupting your lawn’s growth patterns. If you’re not sure if water is the problem, you may want to have your soil tested to make sure nothing else is going on like a lack of nutrients in certain areas of soil.
Dealing with Fairy Rings in Your Grass
If your grass is darker in a large ring-shaped patch, you may have what is known as a fairy ring. Fairy rings are caused by fungal growths that increase the nitrogen content of the soil as they grow and decompose. This can cause darker rings of turfgrass to form, often with thin or brown grass growing just outside the ring. Fortunately, there are antifungals and other treatments that can get rid of the fungus, which will stop the nitrogen buildup in the soil that creates the imbalance.
If your grass is brown all over, or in large areas, chances are your grass is lacking in one of the key things it needs to grow and remain healthy. The most prevalent of these is water. Without adequate water getting to your lawn’s roots, it can’t grow or repair sun or insect damage, which makes it incredibly important to water your lawn properly.
The second most common cause of widespread brown, patchy grass is improper mowing. If you’re mowing your lawn with dull blades, you’re tearing grass instead of cutting it, which damages or ever destroys the grass blade and makes it very difficult for the grass to grow.
Small Brown or Yellow Areas
If you have small brown or yellowish areas in your grass, chances are you have some form of contaminant or impurity that is causing some discoloration. The most common problem is gasoline, solvents, or other harsh chemicals that have been spilled on the grass, in which case the best course of action is to flush the area heavily with large amounts of water, and then re-fertilize and reseed the area, making sure to remove any possible sources of contamination such as leaking containers or spills.
If you have small areas of brown or yellow grass ringed by deeper green grass, chances are there’s an animal or animals urinating on your lawn. Your best bet here is to talk to your neighbors about keeping their dogs out of your yard, and barring that work towards keeping other critters and creatures off your lawn.
If you’ve tried the above, or you’re just struggling to find the time or energy to get your lawn to a nice, even shade of green, it may be time to consider calling in the cavalry. Lawnscape Systems offers a wide variety of lawn services to get your lawn back to its healthiest, greenest state. Contact us today to set up a consultation to find out more about what Lawnscape can do to help improve your lawn.