Everyone wants a lush, green lawn. But, what happens if your lawn has brown patches on it? This takes away from the appeal of the lawn and can cause you a headache. If your lawn has brown patches, yellow rings or you notice patches are dying; brown patch is more than likely causing the problem. Do not allow brown patch to take over your lawn, fight back!
How can I beat brown patch and prevent it from taking over my lawn?
1 large tablespoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon horticultural oil
1 gallon water
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and place in a spray bottle. Spray your lawn lighting with the solution. Avoid over-using or drenching your soil. Repeat once a week.
What else can I do to prevent this on my lawn?
Typically brown patch is causes by poor drainage, too much rain and/or too much fertilizer on your lawn. If leaves easily pull loose from their runners you more than likely have brown patch disease. Aerate the lawn to improve the movement of air, nutrients and water running through the soil. Use a spading fork and insert the tines about 4 inches into the ground at a 45 degree angle. Press down light and loosen the soil, repeat at 1-inch intervals throughout your entire lawn. This helps prevent the problems that cause brown patch disease on your lawn.
Fix all drainage issues on your lawn as well by filling in low spots or installing drainage. You may wish to try laying a half-inch of compost over the lawn. Compost is a powerful deterrent to brown patch because of the microbe trichoderma found naturally in compost.