Five Pesky Problems Which Could Ruin Your Lawn

English: Lawn grass with morning dew.

The ideal image of a lawn is one that is thick, luscious and bright in colour. However, this isn’t always the reality. Without proper care, your lawn’s landscape can easily be marred, and tainted with common problems such as weeds and bugs, detracting from your enjoyment of your garden. Worried about your lawn’s welfare? Read on to find out about the most common lawn problems home owners face, and what you can do to prevent and resolve them.

1. Moss

Moss is a familiar problem for many of us, particularly coming into the autumn months. This spongy plant spreads extremely quickly, so if it isn’t dealt with efficiently it could take over your garden before you know it. Moss grows quickly in shade and in ground that remains wet for a long period of time, so it thrives in the cooler seasons. You can try to prevent it by ensuring that you keep the levels of nutrients and organic matter in the soil high, cutting back trees to decrease shade and aerating the ground. If you are unlucky enough to encounter an outbreak of moss, you should be able to remove it fairly easily using a form of moss killer, but ensure that you change your habits to keep it from growing back again.

2. Pale Or Yellow Patches

If your lawn appears pale in places, it could well be down to it’s diet! The lawn may have used up all the nutrients available in the soil and is now left weak. You can purchase numerous different types of lawn feed solutions to provide it with the nutrients it needs to appear green and gorgeous once again. Be careful about how you apply your lawn feed or fertiliser too – if your lawn appears to have yellowing stripes, this could be down to how you are applying it’s food. When using a spreader, ensure that you spread evenly and overlap wheel tracks.

3. Dead Patches

Dead patches are different to pale or yellow ones; they will be more brown in colour and the grass will feel dry and brittle to touch. This could be caused by a number of fungus diseases, the most common of which is red thread lawn fungus. This disease loves to strike in the summer months, and causes the grass leaf to die, leaving it blotchy with a pink colouration. All is not lost though – remember, it only kills the grass leaf, not the plant itself. You will need to treat your turf a few times a year to rid it of this fungicide, and water only when the grass is looking particularly dry as fungus loves damp conditions.

4.Worm Casts

These pesky little presents earth worms like to leave in lawns can cause gardeners all manner of problems. You’ll notice these more during the wet autumn and winter months; the worms eat your soil, digest the  nutrients and leave their discards nestled in your grass. The problem is that the slimy soil and secretions actually make an ideal seedbed for garden weeds. They can also easily get dragged around on the bottom of shoes, meaning that your lawn not only gets weeds but it could also get transformed into a slimy, slippery surface. You can purchase worm cast control products to minimize them, but if they do appear, the best thing to do is simply leave then to fully dry out and sweep them away with a stuff brush – do not mow straight over them.

5. Mushroom Invasion

You may like them in your food, but not so much in your lawn. Unfortunately, mushrooms are a common fungus found in garden greens. Whilst they do not necessarily cause lawn disease, many people find them unattractive and unsightly, and so look for ways to get rid. If you’re looking to abolish your mushrooms, it’s worth noting that they thrive upon decaying elements such as animal waste, old mulch and general rot. Keep on top of your garden’s cleanliness and try to remove any decaying matter to ensure that the mushrooms have little to feed off. They also like moist, shady conditions, so again try to cut back trees to minimize shading and aerate the ground to reduce moisture. Apply a fungicide or fertilizer to the infected areas and remove the mushrooms as soon as your seen them appear. Continuous removal and poor conditions for growth should eventually ensure their downfall.

The Alternative

The problems listed above are just a few of the potential minefield of issues which come with maintaining and caring for a lawn. Let’s face it, they can be a lot of hard work. If this all sounds like too much for you – there is an alternative. Try artificial grass, for a realistic green garden which stays perfect all year round. Artificial grass is easy to maintain, and uses up less resources as it requires no water or sunlight. Best of all, it allows gardeners to enjoy a stunning green landscape without any hassle!

Author Bio: This guest post was written by Emma Williams for 1 Grass, a leading supplier of realistic artificial grass throughout the UK.

Erin Emanuel