Does Your Lawn Have Brown Patch?

Does Your Lawn have Brown Patch

Brown patches are a frustrating problem for homeowners in Keller, Colleyville and beyond. Sometimes they just seem to persist even when people do everything they can to fix the problem. We find that when brown patches won’t go away, it’s usually because the cause of the dying grass hasn’t been addressed. The truth is that dying awn patches can be caused by many different factors, and pinning down which one is destroying your grass is difficult. The clumps of dying grass in your lawn may well be caused by a fungus disease known appropriately as brown patch. The Rhizoctonia fungus is the particular culprit behind this issue, and it can settle in with surprising speed. Some homeowners feel like it destroys a huge amount of their lawn virtually overnight.

Does Your Lawn Have Brown Patch In Summer?

Brown patch takes hold most often in the fall or early summer, but it can start to affect your lawn as soon as temperatures start hitting 65 degrees on a regular basis. When temperatures soar to between 80 and 85 and there are sufficient levels of humidity, brown patch can spread like crazy, becoming impossible to ignore. Though brown patch seems to appear overnight, the truth is that it has probably been present for a long time. The Rhizoctonia fungus probably spent the winter dormant in thatch. When temperatures rise and the lawn gets mowed, the fungus comes out of hibernation and makes its way into the grass’ leaves.

When homeowners first notice the problem, it appears as a brown circle that is bordered by a darker ring. Called a smoke ring, this outer boundary is usually more noticeable when there is dew on the grass early in the morning.  Because brown patch tends to manifest in circular patterns, it can spread alarmingly quickly. Additionally, it’s not unusual to see several different patches appearing at almost the same time, which can mean that the spots are able to grow and connect with each other, forming particularly large areas of dying lawn.

It isn’t always easy for homeowners to diagnose brown patch themselves, let alone successfully deal with it. Wherever you live in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, call us to learn more about brown patch and how to treat it. We’ll recommend the right lawn maintenance schedule to correct this problem and prevent others from starting. From using proper mowing techniques to the perfect balance of fertilizer, we have the solution for brown patch.