Come on, sing it with us – “Summer lovin’, havin’ a blast…” Except it’s hard to have a blast in a yard that looks sad and dreary. When you want to be summer lovin’ your space, the yellow grass, brown spots, and fungus covering it make that lovin’ difficult.
Your landscape might not be having a blast in this hot summer weather. There are smoke signals that your lawn will send up that it’s struggling and not living its best life. Paying attention to these cries for help and coming to the rescue with giving your landscape the hot body summer of your dreams.
What does a damaged lawn look like?
Luckily, you don’t have to fear that you will have to take wild guesses that something is wrong with your lawn. As grass and plants are living things, they do their best to communicate with their human helpers.
When we get ill or are physically injured, we show signs of these – whether it’s a grimace of pain, turning pale, or grosser things, other people can tell when you’re unwell. Your landscape is no different. There are visible signs of distress when distress is happening.
(Too Much of) a Few Good Things
What happens when a landscape receives too much water? You may think that too much water doesn’t exist for green and growing things, but you would be incorrect. If you are finding puddles or mushrooms covering your landscaping, you may be overwatering your lawn.
What about conversely? When a lawn is not receiving enough water, you may find your grass starts to turn a yellow color – this is often a result of sun scorching. Just like a person’s skin, your grass can receive too much of those rays and be subject to burn.
While the optimal lawn is lush and fat, this isn’t the same sign of overfeeding as a human, though. Your grass transforming from green to an ugly yellow or brown might also be a sign that it’s overfed. Too much fertilizer can add to the sun’s ability to scorch the grass and plants the fertilizer is trying to beef up.
What’s Bugging Your Lawn
Brown patches in your lawn can be a bit tricky. Your grass may be crying out for more water (or less), less fertilizer, or to rid it of some territorial and tricky pests. For example, grubs are fat little creatures, feasting all they can on the roots of your turf. They like to dig in and dig deep – and hate moving.
The best way to tell what the color of your grass means is by enlisting the assistance of a professional in the green industry (because you’re reading this, you know a guy).
Ugh, I’ve seen these before. What do I do to fix it?
As you’ve read this far, your brow is now drawn in concern and worry – you recognize some of these signs in your yard. You may have seen some puddles that shouldn’t be there. You may think the color is kind of a gross brown rather than verdant green.
Whatever the case, you’re now a little nervous that your lawn is less than lovin’ this summer. Whether it’s a case of sun-scorched blades of grass or grubs grubbing on your roots, it’s time to find the solution that works for your space.
Feed Me, Seymour
We talked a bit about overfeeding your lawn – but not a whole lot about underfeeding. Dialing back how much fertilizer you used compared to your last treatment is an excellent answer to overfeeding. Underfeeding means that (duh) your lawn could use some nutrients. Your grass requires specific things to keep it growing well – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
When a lawn is underfed and looking sickly yellow rather than bright green, it’s usually starving from lack of nitrogen. So the key here is for your lawn pros to get some fertilizer that’s nitrogen-rich into your soil to help perk it right up.
Since figuring out what fertilizer works with your specific soil and grass type is a tricky endeavor, we strongly recommend speaking with us about your feeding concerns to strategize on the best solution to any feeding issues.
H2O is the Answer (More or Less)
Commonly, folks worry so much about not watering their outdoor spaces enough that they end up overcompensating and overwatering – which is just as bad, trust us. Overwatering, in some cases, is worse than not watering enough.
When a lawn isn’t watered enough, it can sometimes go into a dormant state rather than die out completely. Whereas, a landscape with too much water can hike up your water bills, is terrible for the environment, and can cause severe damage to your landscape and even your home.
The key to success in watering your landscape is to use a proper irrigation system, timing set to what works with your breed of grass, and the time of year. In the drier seasons, your grass will need more water than the wetter ones – check with us to help figure out the amount that’s just right.
Some Fresh Air Does the Trick
When some of those round and brown spots appear in your yard, it may be choking – yes, gasping for air. Soil compaction carries a large host of issues, and killing off your grass is a big one.
The cure is breaking up that soil, one small hole at a time. Having your green team come out and aerate your lawn to get that good airflow through the soil is an excellent answer to this common issue. Then, partner it with overseeding to create that thick carpet of turf that you dream of.
Our Business is Your Relief
Your summer love affair with your lawn should begin and end with a Revolution. Revolution Landscape and Design are here to honor your customer experience with high-quality work, armed with the right tools to revolutionize your landscape. Our communities of Galena, Powell, and Lewis Center are ready to fall in love with their landscapes again – and that takes a Revolution.