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SingleDad Blog: Expert QA
My lawn has a few brown spots in one area. How do I get rid of them?
By Meg Butler for Home Rehab Online
patches on a lawn are an eyesore. But that’s not the only reason they
need to be addressed: Brown spots make your lawn vulnerable to weeds,
which may eventually take over. More importantly, brown spots are often a
sign of a larger problem with your lawn that needs to be identified and
remedied before any fix will be effective.
Here are the fove most common common reasons brown spots may be appearing, plus how to get rid of them:
1) Over Fertilization
you’ve over fertilized your lawn, the brown patches will be quite
large. To fix, wait one month for the nitrogen to leach out of your
lawn, switch to an organic fertilizer and then re-seed.
2) Pet’s Potty Zone
your lawn doubles as a pet toilet, the brown patches will be in your
furry friends’ favorite spots to visit. Water the spots thoroughly to
wash away the nitrogen and the grass will eventually grow back on its
own. If not, you’ll need to re-seed.
3) Excessive Foot Traffic
patches that result from foot traffic will look more like a path — the
grass is dying because traffic has compacted the soil and it’s no
longer allowing oxygen to get to the roots. To fix, you’ll need to
aerate your lawn. Either call in a professional or do it yourself by
stabbing a garden fork into the ground at regular intervals to let
oxygen in. Then, re-seed and create a stone pathway through the area to
provide a solid walking surface for future traffic.
4) Over Watering
an over-watered lawn, brown patches often occur in areas with poor
drainage. The next time you water, scour the lawn for standing water
spots. You may need to add drainage tiles or pipes in wet areas. Fill in
any holes or depressions, and, once the lawn has dried out, re-seed.
5) Lack of Light
your brown patches appear in an area that is always shaded, your
variety of grass may need more than the available level of light to grow
properly. To fix the problem, either move the offending object if
possible, continually re-seed the area, or replace that patch (or the
entire lawn) with a variety of grass that is more tolerant to shade.
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