Lawn Maintenance in Austin

If you’re seeing brown spots on your lawn and are wondering why, Bates Cleaning Services has the answer – professional lawn maintenance in Austin.

Possible Causes:

Dogs

At this point, you may be saying “I don’t even own a dog, or any other pet for that matter!” Even though this may be true, that doesn’t stop other people in your neighborhood from allowing THEIR pets from walking onto – and even using their bathroom on – your lawn while you’re not home or may not be looking. The aforementioned brown spots  can be ringed by darker green grass, which is essentially a case of too much nitrogen and acid, both of which can burn the area whenever it becomes too concentrated. This can then fertilize it at the edges where the nitrogen becomes diluted. Essentially, unless you are the owner of a pet or are interested in professional lawn maintenance in Austin, there really isn’t much you can do about this kind of damage except to immediately water the area that’s been urinated in, give your pet some sort of a dietary supplement, or re-seed the brown areas; however, there are even limits with that particular solution.

Chemical Burns

Similar to damage done by dog urination, chemical burns can cause large brown spots minus the green ring around them. Many different things can cause this, such as a gasoline spill from your lawnmower or a fertilizer spill. One feasible solution to this is to hire a company that specializes in lawn maintenance in Austin and request that they re-seed the affected areas during the fall season; however, before you try to come to any final conclusions, conduct a thorough investigation regarding how areas of your lawn came to be burned.

Different Types of Grass

During the summer months, there are certain types of grass that won’t fare very well on your lawn, such as Rough Bluegrass and Fine Fescue. Typically, these grasses prefer milder temperatures and less amounts of sunlight. Furthermore, temperatures that are higher than 90 degrees can often provide a high amount of stress on the grass itself. One partial way to fix this would be to re-seed the grass; however, before taking this route, you will want to consider consulting a lawn care professional for more information.

Drought Stress

In many cases, your lawn may just need to be watered, as it naturally may not enjoy hotter, dryer conditions, which can cause areas of it to become brown. Consult with a lawn care professional in your area to help identify where some of the biggest problem areas of your lawn may be in terms of drought stress so that you can target them effectively.

Turf Disease

Many different diseases can also create brown spots on your lawn. While the damage could be cosmetic in nature, it can actually create some major problems and can only get worse if you don’t take care of it as quickly as possible. Typically, turf diseases require the following three things in order to effectively grow:

*Host
*Pathogen
*Suitable environment

If all three of these aren’t present, you won’t have any kind of an issue with your lawn; however, conditions with the environment vary every year, meaning that all three of these things have the chance of showing up. Whenever you can, bag up all of your lawn clippings and mow your lawn at a height of approximately three inches. Furthermore, rinse off the bottom of your lawnmower after each cut in order to remove potential spores. Additionally, there may also be instances where you may have to resort to maintain the health of your turf with a corrective or preventative fungicide treatment, which you should consult with a lawn care professional about for more information.

Insect Damage

The most common type of insect that can cause damage to a lawn is a grub; however, these do not actively feed during the summer months. In fact, the only time you really have to worry about watching out for them is during the late summer and through the fall. Furthermore, there are other types of insects that you should keep an eye out for that can cause extensive damage to your lawn, such as Chinch Bugs and Sod Webworms. The best way to deal with any sort of insects and the damage that they can cause is to contact a lawn care professional; however, there are other ways that you can deal with this kind of issue yourself, such as planting a grass that is more resistant to insects and investing in a particular insecticide treatment.

Contact Bates Cleaning Services for lawn maintenance in Austin today!