Even if you constantly take care of your lawn, you can not escape from several problems that can affect the proper development and health of your turf. For you to enjoy your lawn, you need to take care of these lawn problems. Here are some of the most common lawn problems that you might encounter and their solutions.
Grasses and weeds can cause a lot of trouble for your lawn.
Crabgrass is a fast growing weed and thrives well in lawns that are mowed too low. To fix this, you need to mow high and fertilize it with corn gluten meal in early spring.
Dandelions on the other hand have long thick taproots that grow back easily and you have to kill the plant before its flowers mature to keep it from spreading its seeds. Although you can kill it with herbicides, these can be harmful to humans so it is better to just uproot it using a specialized fork like tool.
Fungus and moss can also cause lawn problems for you. These are usually caused by too much moisture, improper mowing and fertilizing at the wrong time of year. The best thing that you can do with this problem is to fertilize your lawn at the right time and prune trees and shrubs to discourage their growth.
The small beetle larvae called grubs can cause sections of your lawn to die. You can apply herbicides mixed with water to the soil a couple of days before replanting to fix this problem.
Another animal that can cause harm to your turf is the mole. They tunnel near the surface of the soil leaving a zigzagging trail of raised soil. The only effective way to deal with this problem is to trap them or hire a wildlife control professional to handle the problem.
Still another common lawn problem that you might encounter is dog urine on your yard which can kill grass. You can tell that a dog has urinated on the grass when brown spots appear among the green grass.
Although you can use a motion activated water sprinkler to discourage dogs from going in your lawn, it can be activated by any person who might happen to step on your grass. The least that you can do here is to wait for the grass to grow back or replant the brown spot.