10 Things Your Lawn Is Telling You
Did you know that the lawn is always trying to communicate to you?
There are a number of things that the lawn might be doing that tell you that things aren’t too good. Here are 10 things that your lawn is trying to tell you:
1: I need light!
Are there tall trees growing in your yard? They might be blocking the sunlight hence putting your grass at the risk of dying.
If you notice that the grass isn’t growing under the tree, chances are that the tree branches are too thick that the sun rays can’t get through.
For you to fix this problem you need to trim back the branches and let the sun shine through.
If you have pine trees, they might have dropped acorns and needles around the trunk. Remember to rake up the acorns and needles that might be present.
Sometimes you will trim the branches and still, the grass won’t grow around the tree.
For you to fix the issue and leave your lawn looking great, you should consider putting mulch around the base of the tree to add color and at the same time create an attractive border.
2: The pH is too high!
Telltale signs of high pH levels are brown or even dead grass. For you to fix this issue you need to undertake a pH test.
If the pH is too high, work at balancing it by adding nutrients such as sulfur.
The cool thing is that you don’t have to hire an expensive professional to help you with the testing.
There are plenty of garden centers that sell pH test kits that you can buy and do your own tests.
These kits don’t require much other than soil, water, vinegar, and baking soda.
If you feel that your lawn needs further investigation, you should visit country extension offices where you will get more detailed soil tests.
3: Help, I’m drying up!
Most lawns have a wide range of grass varieties. If you notice some of the grass is wilting or turning brown, it’s a sign that the lawn is drying up.
You need to think about the last time you watered the lawn. If you haven’t been watering, you should start doing it.
If you have been moderately watering the lawn, consider increasing the watering.
Check the moisture in your lawn by sticking a screwdriver into the ground. If the soil is dry a few inches down the lawn, consider watering for longer periods.
This is to allow the water to sink deeper into the soil.
When you are watering, avoid doing it every day. This is to encourage the grassroots to go deeper. The right way of doing it is watering the lawn lightly two or three times a week.
Water between 5 and 9 am. The cooler temperatures at this time prevent evaporation and at the same time allow the grass to dry properly during the day.
Avoid watering late into the night. The grass doesn’t dry up as well as it should, which promotes the growth of fungus.
4: Grubs are feeding on me
If the grass is coming up in clumps, chances are that you have grubs under the surface eating away the roots.
This leads to poor root system leading to the lawn being loose. When you pull on the grass, it comes up like a welcome mat.
If you look closely, you will see the grubs in the soil. Grubs are short, white, fat worms. For you to get rid of them, you need to apply a grub killer.
5: The fungus is killing me
When you have fungus in your lawn, you have circles, often known as fairy rings.
At the initial stages, fungal threads in the soil make the grass in the circle appear greener than the surrounding grass as there is more decaying organic matter.
As the fungus continues growing and working deeper into the soil, it starves the grassroots, denying them moisture and nutrients.
When you are having this problem you only need to apply a fungicide. Apply the fungicide only on the affected area.
Sometimes the fungicide fails to work. You have to dig up the ring and plant new grass.
6: Insects are killing me
Have you lately noticed a lot of insects on your lawn? You might be having too many of them on the lawn that they are preventing the grass from growing as well as it should.
Common insects that infest lawns are: cutworms, armyworms, and Japanese beetle.
You need to use insecticides to get rid of insects. Be cautious when using them as you can damage your lawn or even hurt yourself.
For ideal results, only use insecticides that are labeled for that insect.
If you can, avoid broad-spectrum insecticides such as neonicotinoids. This is because they are indiscriminate and have been shown to also kill beneficial insects such as pollinators.
When they aren’t properly used, they harm the overall health of the lawn and open up the yard for invasive pests.
7: It’s too wet
When you notice mushrooms on your lawn, the yard is most likely too wet.
In times of heavy rain, fungi come up the go away on their own. But when you see them too regularly, you need to come up with ways of drying out the lawn.
If you are also having toadstools, consider trimming overhead tree branches. This is to allow sunlight into your yard and get rid of mushrooms.
8: The fertilizer isn’t properly applied
Every homeowner knows that they need to apply fertilizer on their lawn for it to remain healthy. Unfortunately, some of the people don’t apply it as well as they are supposed to.
If you notice rows of different colors on your lawn, it’s most likely due to uneven fertilizer application.
Does your lawn have rows of burnt-brown, pale yellow, or dark-green grass? You need to come up with strategies on how to fix the issue.
One of the things you can do is to water the lawn so that you can encourage all of the grass to grow.
9: Lawn mower blades aren’t sharp enough
Healthy grass should be green. If your grass is turning an unhealthy shade of brown, it might be due to dull mower blades.
Dull lawn mower blades rip and shred grass blades giving your lawn an ugly look.
When you notice the unhealthy shade, examine the grass blades. They should be cleanly cut across the top. If the blades are torn, consider sharpening them.
10: I’m out of air
If your grass is thinning or you are having a weed infested lawn, the lawn is most likely suffering from soil compaction.
Compacted soil prevents air and nutrients from getting to the roots of the grass, leading to it dying out.
For you to determine the extent of soil compaction, push a screwdriver or pencil into the grass. If you find it hard doing it, you most likely have compacted soil.
For you to restore the grass you need to aerate your lawn. You can do the work using a lawn aerator that you can buy or rent from your local home stores.
There are also aerator shoes that are a little bit cheaper you can use.
Every lawn gives signs that there is something wrong with the grass. Different changes have different meanings.
It’s up to you as a homeowner to determine what the changes mean and what you need to do to fix them.