What’s Wrong with My Lawn? 5 Signs Your Grass is in Trouble and Potential Causes

When you’re dealing with lawn problems, whether it be lawn color issues or thickness, it can be frustrating—especially if you have no idea what’s wrong. One day everything might have seemed fine and suddenly your lawn is having major issues. 

Whether you suspect that you made a mistake, another lawn care company messed up, or you inherited an existing problem when you moved in, all you care about is an effective resolution.

Lawn care can be puzzling and it’s not always that easy to figure out what’s wrong. But the best way to start getting to the bottom of it is to take a closer look at the symptoms.

What’s Wrong with my Grass?

There are various warning signs that something is wrong with your grass. Here are 5 of the most common signs to watch for.

  1. Discoloration
  2. Thinning 
  3. Powdery substances on the lawn
  4. Lesions or spots on grass blades
  5. Grass pulling up or appearing chewed

What’s Wrong with my Lawn?

Of course, those are all symptoms and not the cause of the problem. If you’re wondering Why is my grass dying? then you’ll also need to get to the heart of the problem. 

Let’s look at some of the most common culprits of those 5 lawn problems we’ve listed above. 

Turf Disease A.K.A Lawn Fungus

There are a number of different lawn diseases that can cause some of the symptoms mentioned above. Powdery growth on the lawn is a tell-tale sign that you’re dealing with a lawn fungus, however, not all diseases cause that symptom. Some may cause lesions or spots on the grass and others may just cause an overall decline in health that could lead to lawn color issues. 

Dollar Spot Lawn Disease

If you suspect that you’re dealing with lawn disease, it’s important to get a professional diagnosis. While turf diseases are similar in some ways, there are some that will warrant different treatments. In some cases, the treatment may include a professional application of fungicides but other times, it may just be a matter of adjusting cultural practices. This is why it’s best to talk to a pro.

Surface-Feeding Lawn Insects

Another common culprit to lawn problems is surface-feeding lawn insects. Signs that insects are feasting on your grass usually start with lawn color issues. As the insects destroy the grass, one blade at a time, it will start to change color—likely in patches, where the insects are actively feeding.

chinch bugs

If you suspect that you have a lawn insect problem, a professional can determine what insects you might be dealing with and how to best approach getting rid of them.

Subsurface-Feeding Lawn Grubs

Another common lawn problem is lawn grubs. Though instead of feeding at the surface, grubs feed on grassroots. Because you can’t easily see them, grubs may be causing damage without you even knowing it. 

Lawn grub

As they feed, the grubs are detaching your lawn from its roots which will lead to the grass pulling up—symptom number 5 on our list. If your grass is pulling up and you see white c-shaped pests beneath it, you are dealing with grubs.

Grubs are highly destructive and have the power to do a lot of damage which is why preventative grub control is ideal. However, grubs can also be approached curatively at the first sign of a problem.

Cultural Practices

Sometimes, what’s being performed (or not performed) on your lawn is part of the problem. For instance, did you know that improper mowing, such as mowing the lawn too short, can lead to serious lawn problems including lawn color issues (mostly yellowing) and even thinning. 

Similarly, irrigation practices can also make a world of difference. When lawns receive too little (or too much) water, problems can start to arise.

Lawn Care Mistakes

Mistakes made during lawn care, such as misapplication of product, can also cause lawn problems. For instance, if too much lawn fertilizer is applied to the lawn, it can cause a burn which will start off as discoloration but ultimately cause the grass to die. 

damaged grass

Whether you’ve made this mistake or had a lawn care company make it, you know that it can be a frustration.

Get Your Lawn on the Road to Recovery

Whether you’re experiencing one or more of these lawn problems, you know that getting to the bottom of what’s going on is important. Without a proper diagnosis, you can’t possibly get on the right path to restoring your lawn’s health. 

Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds to diagnose problems. Lawns can exhibit multiple symptoms and even be dealing with multiple problems at once.

Master Lawn technician helping customer

That’s why your best bet is to work with a lawn care company in the Memphis, TN or Olive Branch, MS area who will understand what’s going on with your lawn. This is important as getting the right treatment for your exact problem (or problems) will get you on the road to recovery. It will also prevent you from applying the wrong solution to a problem—which can actually exacerbate some issues.

By choosing a lawn care professional to handle your lawn problems, you’ll be able to feel confident that your lawn is getting back on track. Instead of continually worrying “What’s wrong with my lawn?” you’ll be able to get back to simply enjoying it.

Ready to be able to stop worrying about what’s wrong with your lawn at your Tennessee or Northern Mississippi home? Talk to a lawn care expert, choose from 3 program options, and become the master of your lawn.

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Image Sources: dollar spot, chinch bugs, grub

Joey Steele, Lawn & Plant Health Care Manager

Since 2004, Joey has been using his B.S. in Landscape Construction and his turf and ornamental certifications to transform properties in our area. He loves seeing the fruit of his team's hard work and enjoys the many relationships he's formed since joining our team in 2008. He's an Olive Branch, MS native and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, fishing and going to football games.

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