As homeowners, we pride ourselves in the overall presentation of our house and yard. So naturally, this enthusiasm to have everything looking ship-shape extends to the health and vibrancy of our lawns.
However, it’s not uncommon to start seeing yellow patches appear in the grass at the start of summer. The heat from the beating sun tends to cause the turf to dry out, and restrictions on water usage can cause our lawns to begin looking a little mediocre. But what if it isn’t merely a matter of giving your yard the right amount of water, or your grass is turning yellow in other seasons as well?
It isn’t hot or dry, but my lawn is still yellowing
While hot weather is the most common cause of your lawn turning yellow, there are many other factors to consider. If your grass starts turning in the colder months, or during wet weather, you may want to get down on your hands and knees for a proper inspection to see if any of the following could be the cause.
Insect infections are annoyingly common. If you get up close and personal with your grass, you may notice burrowing holes in the soil, damage to the blades (which may look like something has taken tiny bites out of it), or discoloured spots.
Many insects like to prey on your carefully manicured lawn, so it’s best to try and spot one in action. Identifying the insect will help you find the correct insecticide to use to rectify the situation. Common lawn pests include ants, African lawn beetles, army caterpillars and moths. If you can’t find any signs of the insect in question, note down the damages to your lawn and make a trip to your local nursery to seek advice.
Remember: If you are treating your lawn with insecticides or herbicides, and have a pet, take them to a friend’s house while carrying out the process. Alternatively, look into natural remedies that are not harmful to your furry friend.
2. Cutting the grass too close
Mowing your lawn too short can increase the amount of sunlight that reaches the soil underneath. Too much sunlight will dry out your soil and prevent it from providing your grass with the correct amount of moisture and nutrients.
These days, you can Google your species of grass to find out the optimum length for the healthiest growth. Avoid cutting your grass too short just to decrease the frequency of your lawn maintenance. If you want a healthy, flourishing lawn, you’ll need to put in the time and effort, but it will pay off!
3. Dog Urine
If your dog is a creature of habit and tends to do its business in the same area, this could be killing your lawn. Dog urine has a high level of nitrogen, which can burn your grass.
Training your dog to do their doo-doo on a section of gravel in your backyard is an effective way of rectifying this problem, and it means less treasure hunting with the pooper scooper for you.
How to prevent your lawn from turning yellow
Be sure to prepare your lawn for summer by watering it less often in the cooler months, to cultivate deeper grassroots. By watering less often, but heavier when you do, you’ll encourage the roots of your grass to sink deeper into the soil. This way, in summer the blades will have access to more nutrients and moisture to survive the heat.
Keep up a regular fertilising regime to ensure that your lawn has enough nutrients to combat turf diseases such as brown patch or dollar spot. Fertilising your backyard once every two months should help maintain its health.
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