Why Does Your Lawn Have Brown Patches?

Diagnosis of the Brown Spots on Your Lawn 

You have a beautiful, lush green lawn. The envy of the neighborhood. Then one day there are these eye sore brown spots appearing. These brown spots can be frustrating after spending time and money for the deep green yard and even more frustrating if you are unsure of the cause.  

Mower Error

Mower Error can be an easier fix if it is the root cause of the brown spots on your lush lawn. If the blade on your mower is dull, the blade ends up tearing your grass instead of cutting your grass. If the blade is set too low on your motor, it can clip the grass too short and cause damage. The damage caused by the motor can be corrected by allowing the grass to grow and then cutting with a sharp blade at a higher height.  

Foot Traffic and Forgotten Objects

Leaving objects on the lawn over the course of the day can have the consequences of brown spots in your lawn. The blow-up pool from the birthday party or even not putting the hose away after watering the garden can leave that unwanted brown spot. Once the object is moved, the grass should come back after several days. If the spots are not coming in, a patching product might be needed to help repair the spots. If you notice there is a brown spot in a particular area in the yard, say the walk-line to the shed, then remind yourself to take the longer route for better exercise and greener grass and better lawn care.

Animal Urine

Leaving Fido out to go to the bathroom is a better option than coming home to an accident in the living, however Fido can wreak havoc on your lush lawn. Dog urine burns the grass blades due to the chemical composition of the urine. You can tell if the brown grass may be caused by your pet if there is a dark green outer ring around the brown spot. The best way to reduce the damage is to water your lawn to help dilute the urine. Keeping your lawn healthy and well cared for is the best defense against your pet. A well cared for lawn easily bounces back from the urine overdose.  

Soil Composition

Poor soil conditions can cause your lawn to lose that deep green color. If the soil is packed too tight the grass roots can no longer penetrate the soil. This is more common in areas of older homes where the ground has had time to settle. Tamping down the soil around a new fence or pool can cause the soil to be too tightly packed and the grass will start to brown. Try to aerate your soil to allow nutrients to be absorbed by the roots of the grass. Aeration will loosen the top level of soil without disturbing the grass currently planted.  


Water is needed for any type of grass you wish to grow. Water is needed from either rainfall or irrigation. When the temperatures have been high and no rain has fallen and you see brown spots starting to form on your lawn, make sure you take the time to water the lawn. You may be surprised what a little water may do to turn your lawn back into the lush green carpet.

You want your grass to be the greenest in the neighborhood and don’t want to ever think the grass is greener elsewhere. Take the time to determine the cause of the brown spots. Lawn management and knowledge are the keys to a lush yard.

Author Bio : Sarah works for Your green pal and she loves writing about gardens and lawns.