Why Is My Lawn Turning Brown?

You take good care of your lawn and you might think you’re doing everything to ensure it’s healthy and lush. But now you have to ask, why is my grass turning brown? There may be a few reasons why your new grass is turning brown. 

The roots of your grass are the feeding systems so if they are unable to provide the nutrients your grass needs, it will turn yellow or brown. Continue reading to learn more about the most common reasons your lawn is turning brown.

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Intense Heat or Drought

When the sun is beating down on your grass, it can get burnt. Or, if there is a drought or water shortage in your area, your lawn will definitely suffer.

Make sure to water your lawn every day or every other day if this is the case.

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Sprinklers Not Adjusted Properly

If your grass is turning brown despite watering, then check your sprinkler. Make sure the water is being evenly dispersed all over and not over-watering in one or two areas. 

If one area gets too much water, it can get yellow and the ground will become spongy. This is also a breeding ground for fungus.

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You don’t need a lot of weeds on your lawn to have a problem. Weeds often have long, deep roots and they will steal nutrients from everything around them.

When you dig up weeds, make sure you go deep enough to get rid of the roots or use a herbicide.


Check your lawn for discoloration or a black, white, or brown substance on it.

You may have some type of disease that is killing your grass and causing it to turn brown.

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Cinch Bugs

Another reason your grass is turning brown might be due to cinch bugs. These are small bugs that burrow down and drain the grass.

They typically appear during droughts so make sure to water your lawn and that may help.

Pet Waste

If your dog or your neighbour’s dog is using your lawn as its personal bathroom, then there will be brown patches on your lawn.

There is a strong acid in urine that also burns grass so be sure to have your pets stay off the lawn.

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Tips to Prevent Brown Grass

You can take several preventive steps to keep your lawn healthy and green. This includes:

  • Use fertilizer in spring and fall
  • Apply herbicide in the spring
  • Aerate the ground and add more grass seed in the fall
  • Water your lawn in the morning to prevent fungal diseases
  • Don’t cut the grass too short as it will burn 
  • Run soil tests to see what nutrients your lawn needs

If you’re having problems with your lawn, it’s important to contact a professional landscaping company you can trust.

Here at JHC Landscaping, we can come and assess your lawn problems right away and help you keep your lawn looking great all year round.

Contact the Pros

To prevent any signs of brown grass, you can depend on JHC Landscaping to maintain your lawn whenever you need it. We can offer you solutions for damaged lawns in addition to many other services like weeding, mowing, trimming shrubs, and maintaining your flowerbeds. Call us today to see how we can help you with your lawn.