“Why is My Grass Turning Brown and Yellow?”

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Nothing’s worse than discovering brown or yellow spots taking control in your front yard. If you’ve recently found patches of your lawn turning foul colors, something isn’t right. Grass typically turns yellow or brown when the roots no longer have access to water or nutrients…but what’s cutting off flow? Here are the usual suspects:


Heat Stroke

Just like all of us Floridians sweating our butt’s off (by choice!) during the humid Florida summers, your grass can be affected, too.  If your grass turns brown/yellow, it may not be getting water when it needs it the most. This a normal and common grass condition. As soon as your lawn gets a break from the heat and receives regular watering, it should come back to life. To determine if heat and insufficient water cause the browning, take a look around your yard for dropping tree leaves. If they’re dropping ahead of season and folded up like they were desperate for rain, you can bet the heat is giving your yard a hard time. If this is the case, run your irrigation system more frequently. You’ll notice a change in color soon after.


Misadjusted Sprinklers

If brown or yellow spots start to pop up around your property, it may have to do with the position your sprinklers. Place the sprinklers where your yard needs them most and make sure there aren’t any sprinklers watering the same area. If you have trouble determining where to place the sprinklers in your yard, call your Jacksonville irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation. We specialize in helping homeowners maintain a beautiful lawn.



There are countless diseases and fungi that can cause your lawn to turn funky colors. If you find any white, brown or black substances on your lawn, you should have your yard diagnosed and treated by a specialist. Proper lawn care includes sufficient water in early morning, regular mowing and good lawn aeration are keys to a healthy lawn more resistant to diseases.


Chinch Bugs

We all know chinch bugs as the little creatures that made us itchy after rolling around in the yard as kids. As adults, they’re even worse. They’re drought-loving bugs that suck the life out of grass which causes it to wilt, turn yellow then eventually die. To check for chinch bugs, pull back a patch of wilted grass and look for little red, orange, brown or black bugs with white spots. Consistent watering and thatch removal are the best preventative measures. Insecticides are an option for getting of pests but unfortunately they also rid of beneficial insects.


Preventive and regular maintenance is crucial because a healthy lawn is less vulnerable to problems. If you’re unsure how to determine what’s wrong with your lawn or how to resolve the issue, call an expert. Now that you know what could be going wrong, you can better equip your yard for problems in the future.