What Causes Brown Spots in My Lawn?
A browning lawn with patches can be very common. To correct the problem you need to first find the cause.
Causes for Brown or Yellowing Lawns and Patches
Brown patches in your lawn and a yellowing lawn are not uncommon. Yellowing can be caused by any one of a number of issues, including:
- Dog spots – Yes, the urine of your pet or your neighbor’s pet can cause your grass to yellow where they choose to “go.”
- Salt damage – We live in the state of Minnesota, which means slippery roads and driveways. Salt used on the roads or your driveway can leave brown spots.
- Diseases – Lawns are susceptible to both cool weather diseases and warm weather diseases. A soil sample will help find the solution to your problem.
- Insects – Many different types of pests can cause harm to your lawn.
- Drought – Obviously your lawn needs water. If you’re seeing brown spots, lack of water – or improper watering practices – could be the problem.
What to Do About Brown or Yellowing Lawns?
Soil testing is recommended as a starting point. We recommend all our new clients have a soil test performed and that current clients have regular soil tests every two or three years.
If you are not within our service area, soil testing is generally available through local agricultural extensions. Check for one in your area and use the information you find on our website to help guide you.
If you’re within our Twin Cities metro lawn care service area, call us to schedule your consultation today! A Rainbow licensed lawn care technician will identify what’s causing patches or a brown lawn and give you the best solution for a thicker, healthier, and greener lawn.
You might find this PDF fact sheet especially helpful:
General Lawn Care Facts
Challenged by brown spots on your lawn?