I noticed patches of dead grass in my yard. Why is my grass dying and what can I do about it?
A yard full of dead grass is an unsightly as it is concerning for many homeowners. Although dead grass can be caused by many things, they are likely the result of drought damage, turf disease, or a build-up of dead grass (called thatch). If you notice large patches of dead grass, give us a call and one of our experienced experts will come out to evaluate the issue and recommend the best course of treatment.
It may just be that your yard needs extra water (especially during hot weather months), or it may need something more involved like aerating, sodding, or pest treatment. Regardless of the cause, dead grass is unlikely to resolve on its own, so you should reach out to an expert ASAP before it begins to spread to other parts of your property.
What is aerating? How do I know if my yard needs to be aerated?
Aerating is the process of removing small plugs of turf from your yard to improve air circulation and your turf’s access to water, fertilizer, and nutrients. Over time, dead grass accumulates in a layer called thatch that can suffocate your healthy grass and stifle their ability to obtain vital nutrients from the dirt and air. Aeration breaks up that layer to stimulate healthy growth and return your turf to its former lush, green appearance.
We recommend having your yard aerated at least once every year, but possibly more often if you have poor dirt quality or your yard undergoes a lot of heavy foot traffic. Look out for these signs that your turf is ready to be aerated: patches of bare dirt where grass used to grow, patches of very thin or sparse grass, and puddles of water accumulating after it rains.
Why do I need professional weeds management if I can just pull them out by hand?
Weeds are invasive pests that steal away space, nutrients, light, and water from your grass. If they aren’t kept in check, they can spread very aggressively and do some serious damage to your land and garden. Our expert specialists use state of the art equipment and techniques to kill existing weeds and prevent new ones from growing back. As part of our weeds management program, we also fertilize your turf to keep it thick and healthy enough to prevent weeds from gaining a foothold in the first place.
Why should I have my yard fertilized?
Your yard should be fertilized regularly to keep it healthy, strong, and beautiful. Not only is a well-fertilized yard nice to look at, but it’s also more resistant to weeds and disease. The key to fertilization is applying the right kind of fertilizer at the right time. That’s why we use a slow-release nitrogen-based fertilizer to keep your turf’s roots strong and healthy. Yards that don’t receive proper fertilization will often begin to show patches of dead grass or spots of bare dirt. You may also notice excessive weed growth and that your turf is much more susceptible to drought damage.
What happens if it rains after I have my yard fertilized?
Homeowners are often worried about rain washing away their yard treatment. However, a natural rainfall following fertilizer treatment can actually be a good thing! As the rain washes over your turf and becomes absorbed by the dirt, it carries the fertilizer with it. This means the fertilizer is able to spread naturally throughout the soil and reach the roots of your grass more quickly.
When is it safe for me to water my yard after I have it treated?
Not right away. For yards treated with weed chemicals, you should wait several hours before watering so the treatment isn’t washed away before your turf has a chance to absorb it. For turf that was recently treated with fertilizer, it should be watered within two weeks of the initial application.
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Can I walk on my grass right away after a weeds management application?
Not right away. We recommend waiting for the product to fully dry out (usually around 2 hours) before you walk on the grass. If you have kids or pets who like to regularly use the yard, please factor this time-delay in.
How long after a treatment do the weeds start to die?
Although it’s impossible to pin down an exact number, you will likely start seeing results anywhere from 7-20 days following the initial treatment. How quickly the weeds management treatment takes effect is impacted by the weather. Usually, weeds will begin to die more quickly during warmer weather than colder weather.