4 Ways You Could Be Killing Your Grass

Are you at your wits end with your lawn? Perhaps you have tried several things to get rid of pesky brown spots. Some people fail to realize that the things they are doing or ignoring are the causes of their lawns having brown spots. This leads some people to continue to apply the wrong lawn care practices, which leads to further frustration. The following things could be killing your grass even if your intentions are good.

Fertilizer and Other Chemicals

Using too much fertilizer can harm your grass. You may also be allowing your grass to inadvertently come into contact with other chemicals. For example, fluid leaks from vehicles and lawnmowers can  kill grass. If you suspect that chemicals are the issue, you will need to determine how the chemicals are coming into contact with the grass prior to re-seeding. For example, you may need to implement a rule that cars cannot be parked on your lawn. Otherwise, the new grass will likely die too. Excessive use of fertilizer dehydrates grass in a manner that is similar to chemical burns.


Overwatering, uneven, and insufficient watering can all cause brown spots. If you are overwatering, the grass may appear to have brown and yellow spots, and you may even notice water pooling in some areas of your lawn. Insufficient watering can be identified by simply observing the soil. Dry and brittle soil is indicative that your lawn is parched. Uneven watering may appear as a mix of healthy and brown grass. Installing a sprinkler or getting existing sprinkler heads repaired could correct this issue. 

Pet Urine

You may think that not being a pet owner will protect you from this type of browning; however, if you live in a neighborhood that is pet-friendly and your property is not guarded by a fence or gate, it is possible that one of your neighbor's pets may have wandered on your property and relieved themselves. Aim to promptly clean areas where pets have relieved themselves. You can do this by rinsing with a water hose, and bag and dispose of solid waste.

Insect Activity

Some insects have larvae that feast on the roots of grass. Grubs an example of a type of pest that can kill grass. If you suspect insect activity, you need to have your lawn inspected and treated if necessary. You can perform your own simple inspection by digging up a small area of soil and observing it for worms, worm-like larvae, or small bugs. Keep in mind that some insects such as grasshoppers may also eat grass blades. 

A landscaping company is a good resource to use to determine the exact nature of the brown spots on your lawn and the appropriate treatment. They can also offer solutions to improve the appearance of your lawn. For example, if there are multiple reasons that your grass is brown, a landscaper could recommend an artificial grass for instant results.