Signs That Your Lawn Is In Trouble

Posted on Feb 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Signs That Your Lawn Is In Trouble | The Experienced Gardener

Getting your lawn to look perfect is easier said than done. For an element that seems so simple, a lawn can be surprisingly easy to make a mistake with. There are many things you can accidentally ruin your lawn with, such as...

  • Watering too much or too little

  • Using too much fertilizer

  • Mowing too low

  • Weeds

  • Applying chemicals improperly

  • Soil compaction

  • Too much or too little shade

  • Poor drainage

  • Allowing Pests: like insects, disease, and rodents.

This list might seem a little overwhelming. How are you expected to check for all of these different elements on a regular basis? Fortunately, lawns are fairly simple in the ways they show signs that there’s been a mistake made. Here are the various signs to look out for to make sure your lawn stays healthy.

Dead Spots

The first sign is pretty easy to notice. Spots of grass that look dead and spread as the days go by can be caused by an illness, such as fungus. Dog urine can also be the cause of dead spots, so keep your dogs away your lawn if you see any of these spots. Luckily, most dead spots can be fixed by tweaking your watering habits. Lowering the amount of fertilizer can also help. We also suggest aerating your lawn once a year. If you’ve tried all of these and still see dead spots, a consultation with your local gardening company can help you pinpoint what the cause is.

Brown areas

Another easy to spot a problem is browning. This problem is simple to fix. If you notice parts of your lawn turning brown, it’s because they’re not getting enough water. This could be due to some reason that area has poor water retention. In that case, your annual lawn aeration will help the areas hold on to more of the water you’re providing them with. For the time being, water a little more in those areas and try to keep foot traffic off of them.

Holes and Mounds of Dirt

It can be tough to spot pests in your lawn. Especially if you have a bigger lawn, there’s not much you can do to actually see them. However, they do leave behind some signs 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 local gardening company to help you out.

Lawn Moss

One sign you might not know to look for is lawn moss. Moss grows in spots that get a lot of shade, and in areas where grass is more thin. It can be difficult to spot in a large lawn, if you’re not specifically looking for it. This issue can be fixed with the right 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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