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Top 5 Common Lawn Problems: How to Identify and Fix?

April 26, 2023
Top 5 Common Lawn Problems: How to Identify and Fix?
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Lawn problems sometimes feel like they’re unavoidable. From moss and weeds to brown patches, maintaining a perfectly green and lush lawn so often feels like a difficult task…but it doesn’t need to be!

There are some secrets to maintaining a healthy and lush lawn, and at Earth Development, we know them all. Our teams of local landscapers and lawn care specialists throughout Wisconsin, Ohio, and beyond, help businesses keep perfect lawns outside their commercial premises. We offer regular maintenance and seasonal care for your lawn, but beyond that, we also offer great advice.

In this piece, we’ll explore some of the most common problems people experience with their lawns, and ways you can solve them. From the best way to fix patchy growth to knowing how to get rid of chinch bugs in lawns, we’re here to help you make the most of your business property’s outdoor space.

Read on, and you’ll soon be identifying lawn problems and taking action to solve them.

Thin and Patchy Grass

patchy grass lawn care

Thin and patchy grass is probably one of the most common complaints people have about their lawns. It might include dry spots, brown spots, or just thin-looking grass plants. If you notice this, it’s important to act fast.

Typically, thin and patchy grass indicates a problem with the quality of the soil. It means the pH level isn’t right, and it often also means that important minerals – notably, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium – are not present in the right quantity or composition.

The best way to get rid of patchy grass is to test the soil to see what nutrients it needs. Lawn care experts from Earth Development can help with this and will set about applying the right variety of fertilizer for your soil. If you’re doing it alone, find a good quality fertilizer and overseed your lawn to give the lawn the best chance to regrow.


lawn care weed

Weeds are another common problem. When soil is nutrient-rich, it’s hard to stop weeds from growing just as well as your grass does. And, the moment the weeds appear, they start spreading. So just as you would with thin and patchy grass, you need to act quickly.

Using good quality pesticides and herbicides will help control the growth of weeds – however, you should be aware that these chemicals can pollute the groundwater. For this reason, it’s always wise to use a gentle herbicide that is effective but doesn’t cause environmental damage. Again, our teams of expert contractors from Earth Development can offer great advice on this.

Fungus and Disease

Lawn Fungus Care

Fungus and disease occur for several reasons and present themselves in different ways. When you notice fungus growth or disease, consider how you care for your lawn. You may be mowing your lawn improperly, cutting the blades of grass too short. Remember that grass needs to have enough of its blades exposed so it can absorb sunlight and stay healthy.

Fungus also often occurs as a result of overwatering or compacted soil. Address these issues and you’ll be all set to avoid future fungus growth, but you will likely need some anti-fungal treatment to keep the lawn in good condition.

Lawn Moss

lawn moss lawn care

Moss may be green, but it’s not grass! This invasive plant can spread across a lawn fairly quickly, though you will usually only notice it in the wet, shaded parts of your lawn. This plant likes compact soil and also grows absolutely fine in under-fertilized spots.

You’ll usually notice moss in the spring and autumn, but you shouldn’t wait until then to take action.

To avoid moss, raise the pH level with the right fertilizer or by adding lime. Then, rake away the dead moss when it turns brown.

And, to answer the common question “is moss in a lawn a problem?” – yes! The more moss grows, the more nutrients it sucks from the ground, depriving your grass plants.


lawn care insects

Want to know how to get rid of chinch bugs in lawns? So do lots of other people! Whether it’s chinch bugs or other insects, your grass will become stressed and unhealthy.

The best way to stop them is to know how to identify them. If your lawn looks like it has been damaged by drought, but has had plenty of water, then it could be bugs.

Insecticides can be extremely effective in slowing down infestation, but regular maintenance and care are necessary to stop the infestation from growing again.

Earth Development Maintains Your Lawn For You

Earth Development can help your business maintain a healthy and attractive lawn. We take the burden off your shoulders by connecting you with local lawn care experts who understand lawn care problem diagnosis inside and out.

We also know how to grows grass on patchy lawns, tackle weeds, and so much more.

So whether you’re looking for summer mowing or round-the-clock care to maintain the health of your garden, we’re here to help. Call Earth Development today and we’ll get you a free quote, and our expert teams will draw up a custom plan for your commercial lawn maintenance in Wisconsin.

Eddy Zakes
Eddy is a distinguished expert in the snow removal and landscaping industry, boasting over 20 years of experience. As an Advanced Snow Manager certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), he is dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards. His strong commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of improvement makes him a trusted voice in the snow removal and landscaping.
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