What is Killing My Lawn?
Updated: Sep 18, 2018
Have you been seeing dead patches in your lawn and no matter what you do there just isn’t a solution? Maybe you’ve tried multiple DIY methods and you still can’t seem to fix it. You aren’t alone. Many other homeowners suffer this same issue. There can be numerous things wreaking havoc on your lawn and no DIY project will solve a problem when you don’t know what that problem actually is. Pinpointing the cause may be difficult, but luckily there are a few signs that can help identify the problem. There are usually two things at cause: 1) Fungus and 2) Pests.
Signs of an Insect infestation
Insects play an important part in our lives, but some cause more stress than benefit especially for a homeowner, or renter. They can start to damage more than just your lawn so catching them fast is vital.(As a note-Chinch bugs are a main problem for St. Augustine grass so if you start to see dying circular patches call a specialist! Do not try to rid them yourself.) Here is a list to confirm that bugs are present.
-Patches of brown or dying grass
-Lawn shorter in one area than another
-Seeing the visual of a pest
Signs of a disease
Lawns, like humans, are susceptible to disease. It’s important to keep in mind that diseases may seem like an insect infestation but in reality- they’re not. A disease first attacks the roots then you start to physically see the damage so it can be hard to see until it’s too late. If you catch a disease early enough it can be eradicated before further damage can occur. Here is a list of how to tell if your turf has one.
- Brown patches with orange-brown around the rim
- Sunken grass
Maybe it’s an Animal
Sometimes small animals like possums and squirrels can be damaging your lawn. There is an easy tell-all sign for these critters. If you see small dirt holes dug around an area it’s probably a rodent issue. If that’s the case try and catch them in the act so you know exactly what’s causing the problem. This way you know whether you need an exterminator or a trapper like at Advanced Wildlife Services to take care of the problem.
Not every DIY project will work. Remember that although a simple fix might sound like it'll fix an issue doesn't mean it will, it’s better to get help from a trained professional. Experts can assess and determine what is at fault and devise a treatment option to make sure you get the healthiest lawn possible. Search your local area for specialists because they know the area better than anyone and what works and what doesn’t. It also helps reduce emissions because less traveling is involved.