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Why are there brown spots on my lawn?

Everyone wants to see green when they gaze over their landscape, so when brown spots and dying grass appear, knowing the root of the problem will get your yard back on track. Our experts have listed five causes of brown grass to help keep your yard at the peak of brilliance.

Fertilizer issues

While fertilizers can enrich the soil and extend a yard’s life cycle, the general makeup of fertilizer is chemical in nature. The salt content in some fertilizers can create a harsh and drying effect on sod when applied too liberally. Combining fertilizer and not enough water can pull nutrients from the ground, deadening an area of your yard.

Look for fertilizers which are gentle on the environment and apply in a small, unused area of your yard first. After 24 to 48 hours with no issues in the test area, you can then distribute across an entire landscape. If unsure about the effects of a certain product, contact us, we’re happy to help.

Traffic areas

They may be a man’s best friend, but dogs can wreak havoc on a backyard. Animal urine can kill a yard’s natural minerals and leave an area dry and brown. This is also the case for areas of high foot traffic.

If children or pets are consistently trampling a particular area of your yard, consider adding a pathway. Also, rotate a pet’s access to different parts of your yard to minimize damage.

Lawn mower damage

Grass damage can be prevented by proper lawn mower maintenance. Dull blades on a mower can prevent proper cuttings and can damage the soil. Also check the height settings before trimming your yard; a low setting can pull grass from the root and do substantial damage to the surface of sod.

Water issues

Standing water or lack of water can be causes of brown spots or dying grass. After a rainfall is a good time to determine how and where water is flowing on your property. Erosion and shifting soil can lead to drying and dying of a landscape, so be sure to address water problems as soon you notice them.


A more serious issue with the soil could be disease. Fungus, mildew or other issues may cause areas of a yard to turn brown and dry. Our experts can arrange for a quick diagnosis and proper treatment in order to prevent the spread of grass disease and resolve the issues.

If you’re not happy with the state of your grass, click here to contact our experts for a free consultation. Don’t let another spring and summer go by without a gorgeous green lawn!