When your grass turns brown, it could just be dormant. But if it’s not dormant and you have dead grass, it can be a daunting task to try and figure out why your grass has died and what you can do about it.
Here in the Brazos Valley area that includes College Station and Bryan, there are many reasons why your grass could be dead. At Greener LawnScapes, we have the expertise to check out your grass and tell you what happened. Here’s what you should do if you find that your grass is dead and how to prevent it from happening again.
Dead Grass Can’t Be Revived
Bad news: if your grass is dead, then you’re not going to be able to revive it. This will involve either seeding or sodding to create a new lawn after the dead grass has been removed. Consult with a lawn care professional to find out what kind of seeds and grass sod works best for our area of Texas. If you decide to seed or sod, both methods will require routine watering in order to get new grass established.
Once you get your new grass, there are factors to watch out for so that a dead lawn doesn’t happen to you again.
Fungal Disease Can Kill Your Grass
Grass is susceptible to many diseases that attack and kill it. These diseases, such as brown spot, can quickly spread and destroy the health of your lawn. Brown spot is most active in the summer and can attack many different types of grass. Other common fungal diseases include gray leaf spot and take all patch, both of which are extremely damaging to your grass.
Preventing fungal disease requires a fungus and disease control application package. Typically, fungicide should be applied in the fall to ensure grass is protected during months without fertilization treatments. A trained professional like Greener LawnScapes can evaluate which diseases your lawn may be prone to and create a package based on that.
Improper Watering Leads to Your Lawn Dying
After Hurricane Harvey hit, many areas of Texas experienced a drought. When drought conditions occur, grass suffers from lack of water and ends up going dormant. However, that period of dormancy only lasts for so long before the grass does begin to die. It’s important to make sure your lawn does receive some water, even if it’s only the amount allowed under drought watering restrictions.
On the other hand, too much water can also harm your grass. Fungal diseases thrive when there is too much moisture. Lawns only need certain amounts of water to reach optimal conditions. If we’re getting a lot of rain, then there’s really no need to water your lawn.
Lack of Nutrients in Your Soil Contributes to Dead Grass
If your soil doesn’t have the right amount of crucial nutrients, then your grass can have issues growing correctly or gaining enough strength to fight off diseases. Grass and plants need a balance of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus to grow.
Keeping a regular fertilization treatment going helps to ensure that your soil will have the balance of nutrients needed to get your plants and grass to the healthy, strong levels they need to be.
Insects Can Attack & Destroy Grass Blades & Roots
Another way your lawn can die off is due to the damage caused by insect infestations. Common insects that attack lawns include chinch bugs and grubs. Chinch bugs feed on grass blades, while grubs feed on the roots of the grass, killing it from underneath. Both of these pests can destroy a lawn if they’re left unchecked.
Preventive insect control can help get these insects out of your yard and keep them away from your grass.
Do you want to prevent your lawn from dying?
At Greener LawnScapes, we have a 7-step process that addresses most of these issues and gets your grass to the best health possible. Give us a call at (979) 705-9545 to set up a consultation for your Brazos Valley property located in and around College Station or Bryan, TX.