If you’ve been looking out at your lawn and noticed some brown patches, don’t panic! Some things could be causing this, and we will help you figure out how to remove brown patches in your lawn. Brown patches are a fungal disease caused by a few things, including too much shade, poor drainage, compacted soil, over-fertilizing, or over-watering.
Weed and feed products can also cause brown patches if they contain too much nitrogen or are improperly applied.
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Identifying the underlying cause of your brown patches before taking action is essential, as not all solutions are the same. Here are tips to help you eliminate brown patches in your lawn.
1. Check the Soil
Examine the affected area and look for any signs of compaction or water-logging, as this could indicate that the soil is not draining correctly. If there is too much shade, try to clear out some branches or move furniture around to allow the sun to reach the area.
2. Test Your Soil pH
Brown patches can be a sign of acidic or alkaline soil, so it’s essential to test the pH level of your lawn. You can find simple pH testing kits at most garden stores that will give you an accurate soil reading. If the pH is too low (below 6.0), you likely have a soil acidity issue and need to put lime to raise the pH level. If it’s too high (above 7.5), applying sulfur will help lower the pH level.
3. Mow Higher
Mowing is the most common way to maintain a healthy lawn. You’ll want to mow a bit higher than usual when trying to get rid of brown patches. Aim for a height of at least 3 inches – this will help promote deeper root systems and thicker grass growth. Be sure not to scalp the lawn either – this can damage the turf, which may lead to more brown patches.
4. Fertilize Appropriately
Fertilizer is essential to any lawn care program and can help eliminate brown patches. Use slow-release fertilizers specifically designed for your type of grass and time it so that you’re fertilizing in the spring and fall. If you’re unsure which fertilizer to get, your local garden center can help.
5. Consider Aeration
Brown patches in your lawn are often caused by poor soil drainage, and aerating can help improve the soil’s ability to absorb water. The aeration process involves punching small holes in your lawn using a core aerator; this helps break up the soil and allows water to flow freely through it. Additionally, aeration can help reduce soil compaction by allowing for better air, nutrients, and fertilizer circulation throughout your lawn. Regular aeration may be necessary to prevent further brown patches from forming.
6. Check for Pests
Sometimes brown lawn patches can be caused by pests like grubs, chinch bugs, and armyworms. The best way to identify if pests are causing the damage is to lift a piece of dead turf. If there are more than five grubs per square foot, then that’s an indicator that you may have a pest problem and should take steps to treat it.