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How to Get Rid of Brown Patches on My Lawn?

Brown patches are hideous to see on a lawn. Many causes can be attributed to brown patches. 

Brown patches, as the name suggests, are not the most beautiful thing in the world. It is a dead area of your lawn. It affects different grass varieties and can appear during the cold and hot seasons. 

Typically the blades of your lawn’s plants are affected but not the root system. So, there is hope! Although, you should not wait to get it under control.

How to Get Rid of Brown Patches on My Lawn?

What Are Brown Patches?

Brown patches are irregular circular shapes. No one likes to see them, but if they are there, you should not ignore them.

Multiple things can cause them:

  • Disease caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia
  • Important thatch layer
  • Dog urine
  • Improper mowing height
  • Inappropriate over-fertilization
  • Too much water
  • Excessive heat and humidity

So, if brown patches appear, it is either a disease, environmental aggressions, dogs, or you’ve done something wrong. If it is the latter, blame it on the dog!

You can spot the early signs. For instance, if you see yellow spots appear, there are chances that they will turn brown. Typically, in the affected area of your lawn, the grass is thinning and the inside of the ring gets killed completely.

How to Avoid These Brown Patches?

  • Use a fungicide to disease with the fungus Rhizoctonia. There are hundreds of fungicides out there. Therefore, contact a lawn care company to have it taken care of.
  • Dethatch your lawn periodically. Thatch buildup appears when the microbial life in the soil cannot break down the organic matter as fast as it accumulates. Thatch creates a barrier to nutrients, air, and moisture. If you do not remove the thatch layer, your lawn will die over time.
  • Be careful with your fertilizer and the fertilization process. If nitrogen is adequate, too much nitrogen can be detrimental to your lawn and create brown patches. The simple measure to put in place is to avoid fertilizing when it is too hot and humid. It is also very important to gauge the amount of fertilizer properly. Do you remember the NPK rules and how to calculate how much you need per square foot? If not, here is a useful link.
  • Aerate your lawn. Your lawn needs air, just like you do. Periodic aeration in the early spring or fall will help your lawn thrive and be more resilient to brown patches’ formation. A core or liquid aeration or a combination of the two will fortify the root system.
  • Do not mow your lawn too short. It is detrimental to your grass plants. Make sure the blades of your mowing machine are clean and not dull. Also, do not mow below 4 inches. Remember that time you shaved your head and got a sunburn on your scalp? The same principle applies to your lawn. 
  • Your soil quality is the most important. Try to test your soil periodically. There are great soil testing kits available, and you can send the samples to a third-party lab for analysis. Check the results and spot the deficiencies because you may need to amend the soil. Your soil needs good bacteria to help with the microbial activity.
  • Get that damn dog to pee somewhere else. It is all about awareness and habits. Dogs are great companions, but they are creatures of habits when it comes to marking their territory. Try to take your dog off your lawn, and people as well. Heavy human activity on your lawn can be detrimental too.
  • Make sure you practice great winter lawn care during the winter season. Yes, winter lawn care is a thing, and you should know the do’s, especially the don’ts.
  • Try to understand the grass varieties you have in your yard. Some species have different cycles and turn brown when they are dormant. So if your lawn is composed of different grass types, some yellowish or brown spots may appear before others.

Here Are Your Takeaways

What is very important to fight brown patches is to know what causes them.

If you cannot identify the root cause or are unsure, applying these rules will help you maintain a healthy lawn. Remember that a lawn is a living thing that requires a balanced approach and to contact us for any questions.

Why Winter Lawn Care is a Thing?

Why Winter Lawn Care is a Thing?

winter lawn care

“Winter lawn care! Come on! Is that the new marketing trick?” you may think.

No, we are not kidding. Winter lawn care is real. You may have prepared for the winter by blowing the dead leaves away from your lawn. That’s a good start.

Perhaps you have even aerated your turf and fertilized it by the end of November. That’s even better; and, if you have asked people not to walk on your lawn, then we should pay you lunch!

That said, are you completely done for the winter season? 

The short answer is “NO,” and here is why.

Why on Earth Winter Lawn Care?

It’s not because it’s winter that nature is dead. You would be wrong thinking that you can forget your lawn until Spring because things shift during winter.

A lot is going on in your soil. 

All the energy and good microbial life that the plant needs are concentrated in the root system. Your lawn is dormant but undoubtedly not dead. It has merely adapted to colder temperatures and shorter days in Chester County, PA. 

Although you probably noticed that your lawn changed its color, it is a natural phenomenon during winter. There is nothing you can do against Mother Nature on that one.

That said, there are a few things we encourage you to do to make sure the dormancy period is optimized for a vivid springtime.

Winter Lawn Care & Snow?

In our latitudes, you can expect snowfalls during winter. Most people think that you should remove snow from your yard, mostly if snow covers lawns for a few consecutive days.

Wrong.

It is quite the opposite. Leave snow cover your lawn. By all means, do not touch it. 

Why?

Snow coverage acts as a blanket. It protects and insulates the plants and their roots from cold winds or ice. When cold winds blow in Chester County, PA, they can be dry and cold, and that can impact your lawn and cause dehydration, and that is for sure, not desirable. A few inches of snow protect your lawn from that effect.

If you want to remove snow, just remove it on your walkway or driveway. Try to avoid touching your turf at all times. If you know that Chester County will get a few inches of snow, try to mark your walkway or driveway borders at the junction of your lawn.

If you throw salt, keep it for your driveway and walkway only. Try to avoid your turf as well. Salt will burn your lawn. During the colder season, a handful of salt thrown inadvertently on your lawn will have catastrophic consequences for the plant’s wellness.

Ultimately, do not walk on your lawn. Compacted snow can compress the plants, which will be detrimental to your lawn’s wellness. So if you want to play with the kids, avoid your lawn area as much as possible, which is easier said than done, very obviously!

What to Do In Case We Do Not Get Snow?

If your interaction with your lawn is limited during snow episodes, things are different when the snow melts. 

When your lawn is not covered by snow, you may consider the never-ending process of removing dead leaves, branches, and other debris that wind blew on your property.

If your soil is frozen, avoid walking on it. In case you need to remove leaves, branches, and other debris from your yard, hold on until frost has melted.

Walking on a frosted lawn will damage it and create pockets of dead spots. Typically, the plant is frozen and breaks under pressure, and that’s bad.

As you will have to de-ice your walkways and driveway, the same comment applies: Do not throw salt on your lawn; otherwise, it will create a physiological drought that the plant will not tolerate. 

So, if you want to avoid dead spots, try to avoid throwing salt on the border or your walkway or driveway. Be extra careful during the entire operation. If there is a lateral wind, try to factor that constraint in the overall process.

Your Winter Lawn Care Takeaways!

Here are your key points to remember and apply:

  • Leave the snow cover your lawn. Snow will protect your lawn. Do not throw salt on your lawn or remove snow with a shovel. If you can, minimize transit on your lawn area. Compacted snow can be detrimental to your lawn’s wellness.
  • Remove debris, branches, and leaves from your lawn. Avoid doing it if there is frost on your lawn. Walking on a frosted lawn can be detrimental and create dead spots.
  • If you want to de-ice your walkways and driveway, avoid throwing salt on your lawn. Salt can create a physiological drought that will kill your lawn during the colder season.
  • Ask people to use your walkways and driveway. Walking on snowed or iced turf can create dead spots.

As always, if you have more questions about winter lawn care or any other topic concerning your lawn, leave us a comment! In the meantime, enjoy the season with your family and stay safe.