As a homeowner, it is essential to know how to take care of your property. Whether it is indoors or outdoors, proper maintenance is the key to preserving and prolonging the beauty and functionality of your space.
Did you notice that your lush and green lawn suddenly have yellow patches all over it? No one wants unattractive yellow patches in their vibrant green yard. However, this issue can be triggered by a number of reasons. Understanding what you are dealing with can be daunting for some, but don’t fret because we got you covered. At Toowoomba Landscaping, we can help you identify the reasons for these yellow patches as well as give you some simple tips to prevent and resolve them. Check them out so you can have a beautiful and healthy lawn on your property.
Common Reasons for Yellow Patches
Nitrogen is an essential component in your lawn’s growth and health. It is an important nutrient that makes the leaves on your lawn lush and abundant. However, too much nitrogen can also be the reason why you have yellow spots on your lawn. Exposure to too much nitrogen can change the pH of the soil and inflict chemical burns on the grass’ roots.
There can be various sources of excess nitrogen, but two of the most common causes are dog urine and overfertilizing. Using a lot of fertilizers, especially synthetic ones, will not make your grass greener. It can just result in yellow patches in your yard.
On the other hand, dog urine may seem harmless, but it is one of the most common culprits for the unattractive patches on your lawn. If you have a dog and it always does its business in the same spot on your lawn, there can be a great chance for that certain spot to turn yellow. Since dog urine contains high concentrations of salt and nitrogen, it can cause discolouration and spotting burns in your yard.
There can be various reasons for soil compaction. It can be caused by heavy foot and car traffic, construction machinery or even your lawnmowers. When the soil in your lawn gets packed too closely or the pores get too small, your grass’ roots will not spread properly. Besides that, water, oxygen and other nutrients will not be adequately distributed because the soil is densely packed. If that happens, the grass will not be able to absorb its essential life support elements and turn yellow.
Grubs and Insect Infestation
These silent and tiny grass killers can munch away the roots and severe the blades of your grass. Chinch bugs, sod webworms, grubs, or other surface-feeding insects can yellow patches on your lawn or, worst, kill it.
Only use the recommended amount by the manufacturer and ensure that you water it deeply when you apply it.
If the affected spot is bare and the grass is dead, apply compost over the area and plant new grass.
For Dog Urine
Properly train your dog to urinate in the designated space on your property.
Immediately rinse off the urine in your yard with a lot of water to minimize the damage it may cause.
If the grass is dead, just remove it and make the soil workable by neutralizing the salt damage and applying mulch and fertilizer.
For Soil Compaction
Try to lessen heavy payloads and traffic on your lawn. If this is not feasible, you can opt to create a pathway in your outdoor area.
Loosen the soil by aerating your lawn with a rake or core aerator.
Reseed the affected area and cover it with compost.
For Grub and Insect Infestation
Apply a mild preventive insecticide to keep the grubs and insects at bay.
Eliminate the chewing insects in your lawn by using a safe lawn insecticide.