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Diagnosing Your Brown Lawn - Is It Dehydrated or Is It Something More Serious?

If you're like most property owners, you'll want your lawn to be healthy and green throughout the year. If you notice that your lawn is turning brown, you'll want to get to the root of the issue as soon as possible so you can treat whatever the problem is and get your lawn back to its beautiful green color. Here in Florida, there are several reasons that your lawn could be turning brown, one of the most common being because it's dehydrated. However, there are more serious things that could be causing your lawn to turn brown like a lawn disease or an insect infestation. It is crucial to know the reason why your lawn is turning brown so you can treat whatever the issue is and get your lawn back to its vibrant green color. Before trying to cure the problem yourself, always get an expert opinion. Lawn professionals will be able to diagnose the reason your lawn is turning brown and if necessary, can apply a treatment to help your lawn recover.

Your lawn can turn brown if it's dehydrated.

Brown and dried up lawn in Longboat Key, FL.

With the hot temperatures that Florida experiences throughout the year, it is important to keep your lawn well hydrated. If your lawn becomes dehydrated, it can start to turn brown. Some signs that can indicate that your lawn is dehydrated include:

  • Wilting grass - If you notice that your grass blades are curled over instead of standing straight up, that is an indicator that your lawn is dehydrated.
  • Your grass not popping back up after being stepped on - If you notice footprint marks on your lawn long after you stepped on it, that is a sign of dehydration. When you step on a healthy lawn, it will return to its original look right away.
  • Slow growth - If your grass is growing slower than usual, there's a good chance that a lack of water is responsible for the slow growth.
  • Cracked soil - If you notice cracks in your soil, there is a good chance your lawn is dehydrated.

Lawn diseases can cause your lawn to turn brown.

Lawn diseases can cause major damage to your lawn and can cause it to turn brown. One of the most common lawn diseases in Florida that will turn your lawn brown is brown patch disease. Brown patch disease causes large brown spots to appear on your lawn. Is it easy to mistake symptoms of a lawn disease for a dehydrated lawn, so you'll want to reach out to a lawn care professional to confirm if your lawn is indeed dealing with a lawn disease.

Lawn insects such as chinch bugs and grubs can cause brown lawns.

Chinch bug found in a client's lawn in Palmetto, FL.

Lawn insects can damage your lawn and can cause it to turn brown. Chinch bugs are one of the most common lawn insects in Florida and the damage they inflict is commonly mistaken for drought damage. These insects suck the sap out of your grass until it turns yellow and eventually brown. Inspect the brown spots on your lawn and if you see tiny black, white, and sometimes orange-colored bugs, then you know chinch bugs are the main culprit. Grubs are also a common insect that causes brown grass because they eat away at the roots of grass, causing the grass to turn yellow and brown.

To prevent grubs from damaging your lawn, you should invest in preventative grub control treatments.

Give us a call to schedule our lawn disease or lawn insect control services.

At Tropical Gardens Landscape, we are dedicated to keeping your lawn looking beautiful and healthy throughout the year. If your lawn has become damaged by disease or insects, our lawn disease and lawn insect control services will ensure the issue is taken care of quickly and efficiently. We offer our services to commercial, residential, and HOA properties in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, FL, and surrounding areas. Call (941) 993-2442 to schedule our services for your property today!