How To Spot Lawn Problems

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How To Spot Lawn Problems | The Experienced GardenerHaving a perfect lawn is something a lot of homeowners dream of. It just makes your house look so much more welcoming and well looked after. It shows that you have the discipline and care to take care of your things. But achieving a perfect lawn involves more than you might think. There are a lot of ways to ruin your lawn, and several problems you’ll need to look out for. Here is a list of the most common problems you can encounter with your lawn.

  1. Watering too much or too little
  2. Using too much fertilizer
  3. Mowing too low
  4. Weeds
  5. Applying chemicals improperly
  6. Soil compaction
  7. Too much or too little shade
  8. Poor drainage
  9. Pests: like insects, disease, and rodents.

This list might seem a little overwhelming. How are you supposed to check for all of these problems? Fortunately, lawns are fairly simple in the ways they show signs of a problem. Here are the different signs to keep an eye out for to make sure your lawn stays healthy.

Dead Spots

The first symptom is fairly easy to notice. Spots of grass that look dead and expand as the days go on can be caused by a disease, such as fungus. Dog urine can also cause dead spots, so keep your dogs off your lawn if you notice these spots. Luckily, most dead spots can be fixed by tweaking your watering habits. Decreasing the amount of fertilizer can also help. We also recommend aerating your lawn once a year. If you’ve tried all of these and still see dead spots, a consultation with your local landscaper can help you figure out what the cause is.

Brown areas

Another easily noticeable problem is browning. This problem is easy to fix. If you notice parts of your lawn turning brown, they’re simply not getting enough water. This could be because for some reason that are has poor water retention. In that case, your annual lawn aeration will help the areas hold on to more of the water you’re supplying them with. For the meantime, water a little more in those areas and try to keep foot traffic off of them.

Holes and Mounds of Dirt

It can be difficult to spot pests in your lawn. Especially if you have a large lawn, there’s not much you can do to actually see them. However, they do leave behind clues for you to pick up on. If you notice holes or dirt mounds, it’s likely that you have rodents or other pests digging around in your grass. Look into traps or baits, but if you want the job done right, call a professional pest service.

Lawn Moss

One symptom you might not know to look for is lawn moss. Moss grows in shady spots, and in areas where grass is thin. It can be hard to spot in a large lawn, if you’re not looking for it. This issue can be solved by the proper fertilization, over seeding, and power raking.


If your lawn has any of these symptoms, and you need help getting it back on track, call a trusted local landscaping company for a consultation. 

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Topics: General Info, Lawn Aeration