Deficiencies, Pest and Disease: Causes of a Yellow Lawn
Most of us have had the experience of staring at that one yellow spot on the lawn. Sometimes it is the whole yard and sometimes if we are lucky it is just a small spot. This article will take a look at some of the most common reasons a previously green yard may turn yellow.
Dogs. It is no surprise that dogs urinate outside. If the spot in your yard is either a small area or confined to around things such as trees or fences, it is likely that the yellowing of your lawn is from your lovely best pal.
Lack of water. Another common reason a green yard may turn yellow, especially in the summer is as simple as drying out. If the summer has been a long, hot, dry one then a lot of yards begin to lose color. If perhaps water has had to be reserved and you have been unable to water your lawn, this is likely the cause.
Deficiencies and fertilizer. Not as common as dog issues and water issues, this one is probably one of the most overlooked issues with a lawn. Nutrient deficiencies, most commonly nitrogen or iron can turn the greenest of lawns into a yellow plethora of problems. The same can be said about over fertilizing the lawn. The nitrogen ratio is really delicate and if even a little off can cause trouble to the health of your greenery. Always remember to add sufficient water to your lawn after using fertilizer to keep your lawn glowing green.
Disease. The last thing you want to hear is that your lawn has a disease. However, it is very possible that if your yard is yellow and there are no dogs around and you’re supplying the adequate amount of water to your lawn that you may have a disease issue. Some of the more common diseases include snow mold, smut, and fairy rings. These can typically be combated with a good fungicide. By cutting and aerating the lawn on a regular basis you can also win the fight against most lawn disease.
Pest. No one wants to crawl around their yard with a magnifying glass like you are in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids but if your yard is yellow and you can’t find a reason, you might be headed this way. If you suspect a bug infestation
in your yard try using a magnifying glass while parting the blades of grass. If there is indeed an insect issue you will see larvae and insects in the thatch. After finding the culprit, try using an insecticide to rid you of your grass eating friends.
There are many reasons a yard could be turning yellow. However, there are also many ways to prevent and treat yellowing grass. Follow the steps below to keep your lawn in optimal health.
- Water the lawn in the morning to help prevent wilting.
- Thin out trees to get the proper amount of sunshine on your lawn. This will also help with dead limbs, pine needles or whatever else that may fall into your lawn and devastate the grass.
- Improve drainage in your lawn to allow proper circulation to roots.
- Only cut the lawn when the grass is dry to ensure that pest are not lingering and congregating in the wet grass clippings.
Dealing with lawn issues can be overwhelming. However, with these steps, you can be sure that whatever it is that plaques your lawn will be eliminated. With the proper Lawn care and resilience, your lawn can transform back into the sea of green it use to be.
Author Bio : Sarah has loved gardening and nature since childhood. She loves to read about new plants and gardening tips. She works for “Your Green Pal” which helps you to quickly find, schedule and pay for Lawn Care Services.