Diagnosing Dead Spots in Your Lawn

You take all the proper measures to take care of your lawn, but dead spots are still appearing! No matter how well you keep up with your lawn, it is likely you will have some dead spots throughout the year. Do not get upset and worry that you will not have the nicest lawn on the block, diagnose the problem so that you can once again have a fully green lawn. How can you fix a problem when you think you are taking all the steps to create a perfect lawn? The following are some of the most common reasons that your lawn may have those unwanted dead spots.

DRY SOIL

Just like any other plants, grass needs to be properly watered. Oftentimes you can rely on the rainwater to keep the roots alive. Although, this is not always the case. Simply relying on rainwater can cause some areas to be watered more than others or not at all, causing dead spots. Your lawn also may not be getting enough water if it simply does not rain a lot where you live. Your lawn should typically be getting an inch of water a week to stay healthy and to avoid dead spots. To avoid your soil drying up, invest in a sprinkler system. Evenly placing your sprinklers in your lawn can help keep your lawn green and healthy, no matter what the weather is in your area!

DOG URINE

Do you have a furry friend that only uses the bathroom in a few spots and in those spots your lawn is dead? This is because your dog’s urine contains high levels of salt, which dries up and kills the grass. If you can rinse with water right after they use the bathroom in this spot that may keep your grass from dying, although this is not always an easy option. To bring your grass back to life in these areas you should treat it with gypsum, water, and then add some fresh seeds on top.

Do you have a furry friend that only uses the bathroom in a few spots and in those spots your lawn is dead? This is because your dog’s urine contains high levels of salt, which dries up and kills the grass.

INSECTS

Does your grass look like it just needs a little more watering, but that is not helping? If you can give your grass a little tug and it easily comes up, you probably have an insect problem. It is common for insects such as grubs and larvae to munch on the roots of your grass, which causes the dead patches. A safe way to get rid of these insects is with a product containing chlorantraniliprole. These products will also prevent these insects from coming back in the future!

FUNGUS

Are you finding brown spots in your garden along with fungus? There are a few reasons that fungus can be killing the grass in your lawn. Try not to water your grass in the evening when your grass is not able to properly dry, humidity and lack of air circulation can cause fungal growth on your grass. The Plant Gallery can come out an assess this problem. The problem may be solved with an irrigation system that can be set up to certain times. To treat and avoid fungus that is in your grass, use a broad-spectrum fungicide.

            If you have any specific questions regarding the dead spots in your lawn, come visit us at The Plant Gallery, so that we can diagnose and fix the problem!

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