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Dealing With Bald Spots on Your Lawn

Here are some common causes of brown spots and what you can do to (try) to correct them. Let’s jump right in.

Thatch spots

If your grass feels soft and spongy, you probably have an excess of thatch buildup. Thatch is basically a mat of dead grass that settles between the grass and the ground. When there’s too much of it, it tends to trap head and burn grass. Thus, you’ll notice portions of your lawn that looks like it’s dead. It’s because it’s basically being baked.

The good news is that there are two basic remedies you can follow. The first solution is getting an aerator to aerate your lawn. This will help moisture get into the soil, allows oxygen to flow through the ground and encourages healthier microbe growth in your lawn.

The second thing you can do is rake. A lot of the thatch is simply dead grass and should come right out. And believe it or not it’s not terribly time consuming. Thatch detaches easily and makes for even easier disposal.

Shade spots

Shaded grass tends to look both thin and patchy. In some areas the blades may be thicker, but are more spread out. Regardless of which kind of blight you’re experiencing – none of it looks good and you want to do something about it. Sadly for shade – there aren’t many great remedies. The biggest issue is simply sunlight. If an area doesn’t get 8-9 hours of sunlight a day, it’s unlikely to sustain lush, thick coats of grass. So in way, you’ll have a to cheat a bit.

That ‘cheating’ usually means laying down sod which will blend in with the earth and eventually will adapt to it’s shadier surroundings. The other way is to mulch in certain shaded areas. This will help the ground maintain it’s moisture better and will help less powerful plant life sustain itself and not wash out in heavy rains.

Either way – you should be able to spruce up the appearance considerably.


We love our pets, but for anyone who’s ever owned a dog before – they love going to the bathroom in the same spot. And when they do that, they kill the grass. The result is a big, ole’ brown patch amidst a sea of green that no one wants to look at.

The irritating thing about dog spots is that you need to more or less start from scratch as the grass won’t come back on it’s own. What you’ll need to do is not only remove the grass and replant, but you’re going to have to make sure that the caustic urine is removed from the soil. You can usually do this by repeatedly soaking the area with a lot of water. Simply add some top soil in to help absorb the remaining urine – and you should be all ready to replant again. While the grass is growing, be sure to simply dampen the area until it’s about 3 inches high. Don’t go for the super aggressive soak – that’ll usually kill off the grass seed.

Once that’s done, just give your lawn some patience. In about 4-6 weeks your grass should be back in business. Keeping up on your lawn takes diligence, so be sure to cover your basics beforehand so that you don’t deal with problems down the road. To learn more about how you can get out in front of brown spots before they cause problems, give us a call today!

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