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Why is My Lawn Brown? And how to fix it.

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  • Gene Caballero
  • November 12, 2020

There are many reasons your lawn can be brown, and pinning the root cause of the issue can be a headache. This infographic does a great job of breaking each problem down, and tells you what you can do to make it better. 

What are the common causes of brown grass?

The most common causes of brown grass are over-watering, having the wrong type of grass, salt exposure, dog urine, fungus, and burning the lawn with a lawnmower. 

How do I repair a lawn damaged by over-watering?

As you may expect, the first step is to stop watering so much. But for some, it's not that simple. You may need to improve your lawn's drainage either through aeration, or grading.  Another solution may include getting a smart sprinkler. 

How do I choose the right type of grass?

If you constantly have brown grass, you may have the wrong type of grass in your lawn. There are many things to consider such as the amount of sunlight, the temperature and amount of rainfall. Be sure you choose the right type of grass for your lawn

How do I prevent grass from going brown from salt-exposure?

Whether your lawn is brown from de-icing the walkway, or because you live near the beach. You may have grass that is exposed to salt frequently. Fortunately, you can either use a salt-free deicing or plant a salt-tolerant grass. 

How do I prevent brown spots from dog pee?

There are 4 solutions to stopping brown spots in the lawn from dog urine. These solutions are: watering after your pet goes out, creating a “litter box”, fertilizing less, and choosing the right types of grass. 

How to stop grass fungus?

Fungus in the lawn can be caused by several things including snow, or over-watering. You can either use a fungicide or find the root cause of the issue. For example, snow mold comes from walking on your lawn when there is snow on it. This compacts the grass and can cause a fungal spread. 


If you need to fix the brown spots in your lawn, this infographic is a tremendous resource. If you learned something, be sure to share it with your friends and family. This infographic was created by Green Mountain Turf.

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