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Brown Spots – What They Could Mean Right Now for Your Lawn

Investigating Off-Color Turf

Thanks to the recent jump in temperatures, lawns everywhere are greening up faster – and earlier! – than ever. As we head into prime growing season and families begin to spend an increasing amount of time outdoors, it’s natural for homeowners to start narrowing in on areas that need improvement. Since the beauty of a lawn is largely dependent on its healthy, green hue, anything other color tends to stand out like a sore thumb. Brown spots or patches, in particular, can be an ongoing source of frustration for
homeowners seeking a lush, uniform landscape.

Brown spots shouldn’t ruin your chance at having the lawn you want. In order to identify what’s at play
on your turf and figure out the best plan of attack for treating any discolored areas on the lawn, we need to first pinpoint what could be causing the issue. Take a look at the top three culprits behind brown spots below:
  1. Turf Disease. There is a long list of turf diseases that can turn an otherwise green lawn off color. These diseases are caused by fungi that live in the thatch and soil, often activated by high moisture, humidity, or mowing the lawn when it is wet. Brown patch, dollar spot, leaf blight, and necrotic ring can all cause areas of the lawn to turn brown. Although these diseases may sound serious, the majority will disappear on their own with improved environmental conditions. In some cases, an application of fungicide may be required. If you aren’t sure if turf disease is affecting your lawn, it’s best to contact your Weed Man team for verification. We’ll provide youwith a proper diagnosis and advise you on next steps.                                                                                                                                                                                
  2. Shade. A lack of sunlight can extremely detrimental to the health and vitality of your lawn. Grass plants require a significant amount of sunlight to thrive; in fact, most species of turfgrass require four to six hours of full sun each day. When adequate amounts are not received, lawns respond by drastically thinning out and losing their rich, green color. If you’ve noticed brown spots in areas of your lawn that receive little to no sunlight, you may need to do some heavy pruning to allow more filtered light to shine through. Even a slight increase can make a difference.                                                                      
  3. Insect Damage. Unfortunately, there are many destructive insects that love feasting on grass plants. Chinch bugs, for example, can do a number on your turf in a matter of days. If you’ve seen rapid discoloration occur on areas of your lawn, try giving the grass a good soak. If there is no improvement after watering, you may have an insect problem on your hands. As always, it is best to contact your local Weed Man for a proper diagnosis. We’d be happy to come out and provide you with a lawn analysis, free of charge.
Don’t let brown spots come between you and lush, green, healthy lawn. If you’ve noticed unsightly brown spots taking over your turf, contact Weed Man Bergen County, NJ today at (201) 342-8228.
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