If you've spend many hours in your lawn making it look beautiful, you might feel somewhat dismayed when you see brown spots. The truth is that these ugly patches can occur in any lawn, at any time. While there are many causes of brown spots, the most common are insects in the brown patch and the surrounding area. This guide provides the steps to look for signs of insets and to get rid of the easily so you can grow fresh new grass in the area.
Step 1: Have Some Supplies Handy
Before you get started in removing white grubs, fiery skippers, armyworms or chinch bugs, you'll need to grab a few items from around the house. Here is what you'll need:
- Gardening gloves
- Garden hose
- Dish-washing detergent
- Grass seed
Step 2: Check the Ground
Put on your gloves and dig up the a few inches of ground on the brown spot and in the surrounding area. Remove this portion of grass from your lawn. Pick up some of the ground and look for a physical presence of insets.
If you don't see any, look at the blades of grass themselves. If bugs have been feasting on them, you'll notice tiny bite marks on the blades.
Consideration: If you see burrows in the ground or small mounds on the surface of the soil, you will know that you have bugs.
Step 3: Saturate the Lawn
Squirt the brown patch and the surrounding area with the dish washing detergent. Attach the garden hose to the outdoor spigot and saturate the area. Continue adding water to the area until it puddles. Allow the soap and water to dry out before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Reseed the Area
Follow the directions on your grass seed package to add as much seed as needed to begin the replenishment of the area. This amount is dependent on the type of grass you have. Water the seeds in the early evening or morning hours three or more times a week, but be gentle so you don't wash away the seeds.
Check on the area often to ensure that no more bugs exist. The lawn doesn't have to contain brown spots for you to inspect the blades to look for bite marks. If you catch them before the spots turn brown, you don't need to dig up the area. Ask your landscaper for more information on brown spots and bugs, so that your lawn will continue to provide the beauty you've worked hard for. To learn more, contact Weiler's Lawn & Landscape.