Top 6 Ways to Kill Your Lawn

There are all kinds of threats to your lawn year-round, but perhaps the most precarious time for your grass is summertime in North Texas. The season isn’t only bad for lawns because of the hot, dry temperatures — plenty of other issues abound.


Is your lawn dead? How do you know if your lawn is dead? What killed it? What do you do if your lawn is dead? We’ll answer these questions by learning about the following six ways to kill your lawn.


1. Underwatering

Yep, you knew your grass needs water. Whether you’re relying on rain to hydrate your lawn (which is scarcer in the summer) or you forget to turn on the sprinklers, lapses in watering can be fatal to grass. Even if you do water, watering in the heat of the day could prove ineffective as much of the moisture is lost to evaporation. Once the grass turns brown, you only have about 3-4 weeks at most to save it.


2. Overwatering

Organo-Lawn shares: “Daily lawn watering is extremely damaging for a lawn. Daily lawn watering prevents the roots of the grass from growing deep into the soil. These shallow grass roots will make the lawn unable to stay green during the heat of the summer.” And, what’s worse, the lack of oxygen and nutrients caused by overwatering opens the door for Necrotic Ring Spot lawn fungus, mold, root rot, brown patch and soil compaction – all serious threats to the grass.


3. Not mowing the right way

While it’s easy to see why so many people want to keep their grass blades nice and short, the buzz cut isn’t going to give you the summer look you’re wanting. Taller grass simply does better in the summer, and short grass has trouble with root depth, water absorption, preventing weed growth and more. Cut it too short, and the grass can get stressed out — which is expressed as being dry and brown. And it had nothing to do with your watering schedule.


4. Bugs

Part of the problem with overwatering is that it can lay out the welcome mat for any number of yard-killing insects. But lawns that are excessively fertilized or otherwise neglected can be host to bugs, too. The biggest baddie? Grub worms. If you can easily pull up irregular brown patches of lawn like carpet — as if they have no roots — you’re facing a grub worm infestation. Not only do grub worms destroy your grass, they invite grub-eating wildlife that will dig around in your lawn. Left untreated, insects can seriously mess up your grass.


5. Pet urine

We’ve talked a bit about how pets can be a threat to your lawn, but yeah — keep an eye out for irregular dead spots peppering your yard. There’s a good chance the acidic urine of Fido could be killing your grass.


6. Fungus

While most of these ailments show up as a typical brown in your yard, fungal diseases present a wider array of colors. White, yellow or brown patches that grow in size; gray, black, red, orange or purple spots on grass blades; gray, black or pink powdery coatings on and around grass blades; and darkened/wet/slimy-looking grass are all signs of fungal diseases such as brown patch, fusarium blight and dollar spot. Left untreated, fungal diseases spread and can be beyond treatment.


Even if your lawn seems out of control, we’ve seen it all. Give North Texas Lawns a call for a free estimate and take the first steps towards resurrecting your yard.



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