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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin George

3 Reasons Why Your Lawn Grass May Be Dying

Updated: Jan 12, 2019

A well-maintained, lush lawn can quickly add to the curb appeal of your house. There really is nothing like fresh, green grass. However, your lawn can only look beautiful if you look after it with the care it deserves.

Many homeowners delegate this responsibility to an amateur gardener who may end up over-watering or drying out your lawn. If you don’t take care of your yard and trim it down regularly, you will be welcoming nasty fungi and insects that can damage your grass.

If you don’t find yourself looking after your lawn, then you will slowly watch that lush green sea of grass turns into a dead, brown patchy surface. Sometimes, however, even when you think you’re watering, fertilizing, and mowing your lawn properly, it still ends up turning brown and patchy.

This happens when we do too much of something or end up doing it at the wrong time. Take lawn mowing for example. Mowing your lawn too many times in a week will cause your grass to lose its tendency to grow and flourish. Your lawn should ideally be mowed only once or twice a week.

Let’s have a look at some possible reasons why your lawn may be slowly dying.


This is one of the most debilitating causes of your lawn grass dying. In fact, overwatering is far worse for the grass than for the trees. The appearance of big brown patches on the grass’s surface is a sign that it has been severely over-watered.

It can be hard to revive these brown patches as they indicate patches of dead grass. This is important to understand because your grass can only absorb so much water. If you overdo it, thinking that it needs that hydration, you will end up damaging its roots, thereby disturbing the delicate balance of water it needs to grow healthy.

Soil Compaction

Soil compaction can also lead to dead grass. This is because when the soil becomes too dense it blocks the lawn from absorbing water, air, and essential nutrients. If your grass is continuously blocked from these basic necessities, it will end up dying.


If you use fertilizers too frequently, your grass can develop burns and turn yellow. The salt buildup is what causes the grass to form yellow and brown streaks.

Taking care of watering, fertilizing, and soil compaction is essential to ensure healthy growth of your lawn. For more tips on lawn mowing and full-service lawn care, get in touch with Top Blades LLC.

Top Blades LLC

+1 (319) 458 0471

Servicing Iowa City, IA & Surrounding Areas


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