It would be a wonderful world if we could avoid lawn problems. Unfortunately, if you have a lawn, you’re going to run into problems eventually. Pests like weeds, insects, disease, and rodents can all wreak havoc on even the most cared-for lawn.However, a healthy lawn will be able to bounce back from pests, and recover quickly without too much damage. To help identify common problems in your lawn, it helps to know what to look for, as well as what causes said problem.
Before we go into potential problems, let’s take a look at what causes most lawn problems you’ll encounter.
Top causes of lawn problems:
- Watering too much or too little
- Using too much fertilizer
- Mowing too low
- Applying chemicals improperly
- Soil compaction
- Too much or too little shade
- Poor drainage
- Pests: like insects, disease, and rodents.
Now let’s look at what some of the common problems look like:
If you water too little, your lawn will be brown, and the soil will be hard and compacted. Brown areas are also caused by heavy foot traffic. Be sure to make walking paths that don't cut across your lawn. Be sure to aerate your lawn yearly, as this will help with water retention and help alleviate compacted soils.
Spots that appear and expand quickly may be caused by any number of diseases, such as fungi. The majority of lawn diseases can be cured by adjusting your watering habits, by fertilizing less, or by doing both at different times. Also, a yearly aeration will help. A professional weed control company can help identify what your lawn is suffering from.
Dog urine can be especially damaging to your lawn. This normally looks like a small, dead patch, surrounded by dark and lush grass. If at all possible, keep dogs off your lawn. With time, the dead spot will recover, especially if you soak the area with water. Just be sure to not do that too often or for too long.
Holes and dirt mounds
Moles, rodents, and birds can create holes and dirt mounds on your lawn while they’re looking for food. Traps or baits can be used to control rodents and other pests, or you may want to leave it pest control up to the professionals.
Moss will grow in shady spots, and where the grass is thin. Luckily moss can be taken care of, and with the proper fertilization, over seeding, and power raking can all help with your moss problem.
Are your lawn problems becoming a nuisance? Why not save yourself some heartache and enlist the help of a professional. Call us, The Experienced Gardener; we can assist in determining the potential problems in your lawn, as well as work with you to eliminate any problems you may have.