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Common Lawn Issues

Helping You Identify Problems that Might Occur in Your Yard

Annual Bluegrass

Annual Bluegrass

A weedy grass that has white seed heads and sprouts in the Spring.

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Ascochyta Blight

Problem Grass Ascochyta Leaf Blight Lawn

A fungus that appears quickly and causes large bleached patches

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Bare Spots

Bare Areas

Patches of your lawn that have exposed dirt and no grass.

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Weed Creeping Bentgrass

A cool season grass that turns brown and looks dead in hot weather.

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Billbug Damage

Pest Billbug

Billbugs tunnel into your lawn, eating the grass and causing it to turn brown.

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Black Medic

Weed Black Medic Flower

An annual Summer weed with a yellow flower that dies in the cold weather.

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Broadleaf Plantain

Weed Broadleaf Plantain

perennial weed with broad leaves that indicates your soil is compacted.

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Brown Patch Disease

Problem Grass Brown Patch Disease

Irregularly shaped brown areas in the lawn caused by a fungal disease.

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Weed Chickweed Stellaria Media Lawn

An edible broadleaf weed that grows in dense mats in lawns and gardens.

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Chinch Bug Damage

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Chinch Bugs inject their saliva into grass in the hot sun, turning it brown.

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Microclover Lawn Bad

Clover is a legume that helps your lawn fight weeds, diseases and pests.

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Coarse Fescue

Problem Coarse Fescue

Patches of rough grass that stay green while the lawn turns brown.

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Compacted Soil

Compacted Soil

Compacted soil makes it difficult for plant roots to get air, food and water.

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Problem Grass Crabgrass

An opportunistic annual grass that grows in bare spots with sunlight.

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Cut Too Short

Problem Grass Cut Too Short

Mowing your lawn higher will result in greener grass with fewer weeds.

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A perennial weed that spreads its seeds and perpetuates itself.

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Dog Damage

Problem Grass Dog Damage

The Nitrogen Salt in dog urine can fertilize grass, or kill it in high doses.

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Dollar Spot Disease

Problem Grass Dollar Spot

Caused by a fungal organism, grass develops dead, straw-colored spots.

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Dormant Grasses

Problem Grass Dormant Grasses

Any grass type can go dormant when the weather gets hot. 

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Dull Mower Blades

Problem Grass Torn Grass Blade

Dull mower blades tear the grass instead of cut it, leaving it jagged.

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Fairy Ring

Problem Grass Fairy Ring

A dark green circle in your lawn that may have mushrooms growing in it.

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Ground Ivy

Problem Grass Ground Ivy Close Up

A member of the mint family, Ground Ivy is a fast growing perennial weed.

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Grub Damage

Pest Grubs

Grubs, beetle larvae, voraciously chew off the lawns roots and kill it.

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Hairy Bittercress

Problem Grass Hairy Bittercress Detail

A fast growing Winter annual weed with white flowers, visible in Spring.

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Heavy Thatch

Soil Thatch

A layer of shoots, stems and roots that accumulate above the soil surface.

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Japanese Beetles

Pest Japanese Beetle

One of the most devastating pests to urban landscaping plants.

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Leaves On Lawn

Girl Autumn Leaves

You can mulch your leaves with your mower for free lawn compost.

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Lesser Celandine

Problem Grass Lesser Celandine

An invasive Spring perennial weed that chokes out surrounding plants.

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Mole Damage

Rodent Mole

Moles love soft, wet ground and feed on grubs and earthworms in the soil.

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Problem Grass Moss

Moss prospers in damp, shady areas, where grass struggles to grow.

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Problem Grass Mushrooms

Mushrooms are typically the result of decomposing wood in the soil.

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Problem Grass Nimblewill

A warm season grass that is green in hot weather and brown in cold.

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Problem Grass Nutsedge

Nutsedge is a sedge, not a grass and thrives in warm, wet conditions.

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Weed Oxalis

Oxalis is a Summer annual weed and looks like clover with a yellow flower.

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Pink Patch Disease

Problem Grass Pink Patch

A fungal organism causes turf to turn brown and produce a pink fuzz.

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Poor Soil

Hand Soil

Soil is compacted and stripped of biology needed for plants to grow.

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Powdery Mildew

Problem Grass Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew is a fungal disease that affects a wide range of plants.

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Prostrate Spurge

Weed Prostrate Spurge

An annual weed with reddish stems that produce a white, milky substance.

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Weed Purslane

An annual weed with distinctive red stems that sprouts in early Summer.

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Red Thread Disease

Problem Grass Red Thread Disease

A fungal organism that produces red threadlike strands in the lawn.

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Rough Bluegrass

Problem Grass Rough Bluegrass

This cool season grass turns brown and looks dead in warm weather.

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Rust Disease

Problem Grass Rust

Rust is a fungal organism that causes orange growths to form on your grass.

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Snow Mold

Problem Grass Snow Mold

A cold weather fungus that damages your grass after the snow melts.

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Weed Thistle

A fast-spreading, difficult-to-control perennial plant with prickly leaves.

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Trimmer Damage

Problem Grass String Trimmer Damage

Scalping the edges of your lawn leads to weeds taking over those spots.

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Tree Lawn Damage

Tree Lawn Problems

Tree lawns are the most difficult part of the lawn to keep looking nice. 

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Problem Grass Veronica

A spreading type of plant that has a purple flower in the early Spring.

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Viburnum Beetle

Pest Viburnum Leaf Beetle

This invasive pest actively feeds on Viburnum Plants in landscape settings.

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Volcano Mulching

Volcano Mulching

Over mulching leads to surface roots, which will strangle and kill your tree.

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Wild Violets

Weed Wild Violets

perennial weed with a purple flower, found in shaded, damp areas.

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Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass

A warm season grass that stands up to heat, drought, and foot traffic.

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