My lawn has dead spots. What do I need to do?

By Kyle Larson
May 17, 2017, 2:09:06 AM EDT

Lawn dead spots 5.17.17

Visitors to the Spring-Green website, have the opportunity to send in their questions regarding lawn and landscape problems. In most cases, the questions are fairly specific when describing the problems that are being observed. Occasionally, a question comes in that is seeking information, but not enough information is provided to determine a possible cause. In other words, the question is, “My lawn has brown spots. What do I do?” This question needs more details.

Want To Identify the Lawn Spots?It almost goes without saying that it is impossible to answer this question without additional information. Knowing something about the lawn itself is the first step:

  1. Where is the lawn located? Specify the city and state.
  2. What type of grass is in the lawn? If unsure, ask a neighbor or take a sample to a local nursery or garden center.
  3. How old is the lawn? Certain diseases are common to sod that is 2 to 5 years old.
  4. Was the lawn sodded, seeded or sprigged or a combination of these methods? Some insects and diseases are more common in sodded versus seeded lawns.
  5. Is the lawn in full sun, shady or a combination of the two? Turfgrasses need sunlight for 70% of the day to grow well.

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