“Dead Patches and Bald Spots” sounds like the next Harry Potter book to us. However, all jokes aside, these are common issues your lawn may face this season.  We wanted to provide some guidance and support in dealing with these issues in this week’s blog. Remember, if you are still unsure about fixing this issue, Divine Lawns is here for you!  This blog will discuss the causes of dead patches and bald spots, different ways to repair them, and why getting help with this is ideal.  Let us start by answering the underlying question. 

What causes the dead spots on my lawn?

There are a few things that may cause dead patches or bald spots on your lawn. The list includes: 
  • Brown patches
  • Rust
  • Animal Digging
  • High humidity
  • Excessive Nitrogen
  • Grub Damage 
  • Compacted Soil
  • Dog Urine
  • Too Much Thatch
That is a lot of causes! We didn’t even mention all of them! The main reason is often moisture on your lawn or turf, depending on what you have. Fungi need water to target and attack your grass, so the more wet and moist the lawn, the more often brown patches will form. 

How do I spot a brown patch on my lawn?

Brown patches have some specific details that make them pretty easy to spot. They are more than likely circular, for the most part. Patches can range in size from a few inches to several feet in diameter.  The sneaky thing about brown patches is that the spots look like patches of good grass in some cases. However, that “good” patch of grass has rings of dead or thinned out grass surrounding it. This often occurs if the brown patch has been active for an extended period. 

How do I fix the dead patches on my lawn?

Now there are multiple ways of fixing the dead patches on your lawn. We will spend the following few sections providing some steps that you can take to repair bald spots and dead patches of your property.  Here are the first steps: 
  • Clear any dead grass or turf and other debris from your lawn.
  • Loosen the soil.
  • Scatter grass seed over the earth that you loosened.
  • Fertilize your lawn.
  • Aeration and overseeding
  • Mulch your lawn and then water.
This will ultimately fix your dead patch problem. However, there are other methods as well.  A quick process in seeding goes like this: 
  • Use a shovel or spade and cut the area around the dead patch.
  • Lift and remove the dead patch.
  • Fill the cleared space with fresh topsoil to keep it level with the rest of your lawn.
  • Smooth out the area.
  • Apply a thin layer of seeds on the area and then gently rake the seeds allowing them to get into the freshly applied topsoil.
  • Cover the seeds to hold in moisture and protect against pests.
This hopefully will bring that dead patch back to life. However, if your lawn is thin all around, you should try and overseed your lawn. (Note: Overseeding is excellent if it is combined with an aeration treatment!).  If you need to repair your lawn by overseeding it, here is a quick process: 
  • Remove any leaves and debris
  • Rake the area if needed.
  • Apply the seeds over your lawn.
  • Spread about ⅛  inch of compost or topsoil to your lawn.
  • Rake the seeds and soil into your lawn.
  • Water the seeds during the early portion of the morning and afternoon.
  • Water until the seeds germinate.
  • When the seeds finally sprout, water your lawn daily.
  • Apply a light fertilizer before summer starts.
Now you have multiple ways to fix the dead patches or bald spots on your lawn. Ensure you do your research or ask for help from professionals if you are not up for the task. 

What do I do if my pet’s urine is damaging my lawn?

If your lawn is consistently getting dead patches or bald spots due to your dog’s urine, that is a problem. You can tell that the urine is causing it because it will look like a patch of straw with a dark green ring around it. The dog’s urine acts like an over-fertilizer and burns the lawn. It is recommended that you water the area to dilute the build-up and concentration of dog urine. If it is possible to keep your dog off the lawn, you should reseed the area. It can also help to get the training spray for teaching dogs to pee outside. You can spray a place where you want your dog to pee to avoid its urine on your lawn. The spray can be found online and in pet stores and is said to work wonders in dog training. 

Why hire a professional to fix dead patches on my lawn?

Hiring a professional in this case, like all cases, is very helpful. You saw all the steps that needed to be taken to fix dead patches and bald spots. Now, if you have one single spot, then maybe try it on your own before considering a professional. But, in most cases, there is more than one area of your lawn affected. When you hire a professional, you guarantee that the job is done right. People who handle these issues, and deal with them every day, are experts on these things.  It is also important to point out that most of the steps needed to fix dead patches and bald spots are services professionals offer. Some services mentioned were cleanups, fertilizer, overseeding, and possible aeration to loosen the soil.  Those are the types of services that need to be done by a professional to get optimal results. If those services are not done correctly, then the issue will not be fixed.  You want to avoid trying to fix the problem with a “Band-Aid.” We say that because people often attempt to fix things on their own first. That leads to them realizing that they don’t have the proper skills, time, and patience to do the job or do the job correctly. They then wasted time and money when they could have just called a professional first. That would have got them a free estimate, details of the job that would be done, and premium results.  So do not hesitate! Do not overthink!  Call us at Divine Lawns today!  Divine Lawns is always here to help!