The summer season can be tough on your lawn and sometimes you will notice brown spots in the grass. It could be a number of things so let’s go through the usual suspects…
Heat and Drought Stress?
Only getting a little rainfall combined with excessive temperatures can force your lawn into “dormancy” which is a bit like hibernation. Cool-season grasses will may go dormant to try to survive the stress it’s under. It stops growing and keeps all of it’s energy for survival. A good spring fertilization and watering program can help you lawn through the summer season. The fertilizer and the water will encourage deeper roots so that your lawn can find the nutrients it needs in the grown when the beat it beating on it above ground.
It may not even be your dog but it’s best to water the spot after number 1 to neutralize the salts in the urine. Make sure to clean up after a number 2’s!
Was gas or other fuel spills on your lawn? This surely will kill the grass. If this happens, remove the dead grass, add new topsoil and then reseed.
Are Your Cutting Your Lawn Too Short?
It’s best to mow at 3 inches during the summer months. When you mow your grass, you want to mow only 1/3 of the blade height off each time you cut.
Too Much Weed Control?
Careful about trying to control weeds when your lawn is too hot and dry. Be especially careful treating weeds when the temperatures are over 85 degrees, during a drought period, or an excessive humid period.
Maybe it’s summer patch, brown patch, or dollar spot. Use pictures or a lawn service professional to know what fungus your are dealing with and then apply the appropriate fungicide for control.
Grub and Chinch Bug Damage?
Chinch bugs pull the juice right out of the top of grass plants and cause it to die. Open the top and bottom of a coffee can and push it one inch into the grass where they could be. Then fill the can with 3-4 inches of water to see if they float to the top. Roll back to problem lawn to expose a grubs problem. There are specific chinch bug and grub treatments to use to get rid of them.
A yearly program that treats your lawn in each of the seasons will prevent your lawn from getting brown spots in the summer. Good lawn care companies can do what it takes at the right times of the year to keep you lawn looking the best it can.
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