I Have Brown Spots in My Yard. Is My Grass Dead?

When people imagine how their summer lawn will appear, they mostly think of a lush, green, uniform yard that’s freshly mowed. Unfortunately, those summer dreams don’t always live up to reality. Summer often means that parts of your lawn will turn brown due to weather, insects, or disease. When this happens, home and business owners will call us and ask if their grass has died and must be replaced, or if steps can be taken to refresh their lawn.

We have compiled a list of the issues that may cause your grass to develop brown spots in the summer.

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  • Weather. By July, Pittsburgh is usually experiencing hot, humid weather. After several weeks of sunshine and very warm temperatures, your lawn may start losing its deep green color. Simply watering the lawn for 20 minutes each night is not going to help. In fact, this type of watering can invite insects and disease. If your lawn isn’t receiving a deep soaking twice a week, then you should be sure to irrigate. Your lawn receives the most benefits from early-morning irrigation that allows for rain or irrigated water to penetrate into the grass plant roots before the heat of the day begins to evaporate it.
  • Excessive thatch. Dead grass plants and debris is called thatch. This layer prevents water, air, and nutrients from reaching the grass plant roots. Instead, the thatch carries a layer of moisture that also welcomes several types of lawn diseases to your yard. Clearing out thatch through aeration once a year will benefit your lawn’s health and overall appearance.
  • Lawn diseases. Various lawn fungi often appear in your lawn if conditions are right, causing it to turn yellow or brown. Brown patch is a disease that is particularly active during a hot, humid summer when temperatures remain high, even at night. Brown patch looks like irregular, sunken circular patches with a green-purple tint that eventually turns a yellow-brown color.
  • Chinch bugs. Your turf can be invaded by chinch bugs, which are hardy insects that live underground during the winter and then reappear in early summer. They attach themselves to blades of grass and suck out the sap of the blades, turning them brown. When the insects mate, new chinch bugs may again feed off of your lawn in the late summer. If not eliminated, these bugs will show up year after year.

Return Your Lawn to a Healthy Green

Common summer Pittsburgh lawn care problems can be solved through proper full-service lawn maintenance that includes mowing, fertilizing, targeted insect control, and core aeration. As long as these issues are taken care of quickly, your lawn should remain healthy, and green grass will return. However, if the damage cannot be repaired, there are several lawn replacement options that Dream Greener can offer. Call us today and let us save you headaches and backaches.