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A healthy lawn should be a rich green in color, so when it starts to turn yellow, the result can be worrying. But as usual, Mower Source has come to the rescue with these tips to try so you can revive your lawn. (Hint: using the right lawn mower is part of the equation).

Yellow grass

Is It Getting Enough Water?

The first — and most obvious — culprit of a yellowing lawn is to look at its water supply. Grass is pretty thirsty and in need of constant watering, so if your lawn is looking yellow, crispy and brittle, then it may be a strong sign you need to water it more often.

However, if you live somewhere like California where there’s a drought going on and it’s not so practical to extra-water your lawn, different actions might be in order. Homeowners are increasingly turning to plants that don’t need as much water — but still look eye-catching, and more reminiscent of their native land — like the following:

  • Cacti: Its prickly spines protect it from other creatures looking for a nibble through to access the water, as well as shallow root systems that allow it to easily access rainwater instead of having to go deep underground.
  • Buffalograss: It’s more drought-resistant than other types of grasses, so you can still have a traditional yard look without the strain on the water system.
  • Groundcover: These are perennials that grow fast and low and cover a wide area, with many not needing much water at all. The bonus is you can pick different colors to really add a splash to your yard.
  • Rock garden: We especially like this idea because rocks don’t need any water at all, and once you add in the design pieces, it becomes just about as low maintenance as you can get.
  • The Lawn Mower Blades Might Be Dull

    We said in the intro that one possible cause of a yellowing lawn might have to do with your lawn mower, and it usually comes down to the blades. If they’re not sharp enough, they won’t be cutting the grass tips off at the right angle, sort of like using an old razor to shave with. The ends become split and frayed, but sharpening the blades (or buying new ones) offers a cleaner cut and more surface area for the grass to get the sun.

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    There Could Be Nutrient Deficiencies, Too

    If you’ve already ticked lawn mower blades and watering off the list but still have a yellow lawn, it could just be that it’s not getting fed properly. We like to think of grass as just needing water and sunlight to survive and thrive, but that’s not always the case.

    One of the most common causes of a yellow (i.e. unhealthy) lawn is that it’s not getting enough iron and/or nitrogen. Luckily, the fix to this is really quick and easy, and just requires spreading a layer of fertilizer over the grass. Just remember to take into account what time of year it is and the combination of fertilizer.


    Bugs Could Be Extra Feisty

    We’re getting into trickier territory here, as getting rid of bugs eating away at your lawn is a harder process. Sure, you can douse your grass in toxic pesticides and clear the yard of all those hungry critters, but what kind of damage will that do to your grass? You have to remember that whatever kills the bugs will also have an effect on the grass, both in the short- and long-term.

    For this, we recommend going into your local nursery or plants store and showing them pictures of just what kind of bugs are attacking your lawn. They’re experts in being able to diagnose these problems and can offer you the best (and hopefully most non-toxic) options to save your lawn (like using nematodes to take care of grubs).

    Last: How Close Are Dogs Getting

    This one is really easy to identify because if you have yellow patches on your lawn instead of the entire area, it’s almost a sure bet dogs are relieving themselves on your grass. And once one dog goes, others follow suit so they can mark their territory.

    One easy option is to put in a little picket fence bordering your lawn so dogs can’t access it, but not so high that it cuts your off from your neighbors. You can also try putting some non-poisonous mixtures on your grass that might deter dogs, like the formula found on this link.

    We really hope you don’t have to use cayenne pepper or nematodes, and that it’s simply a matter of lawn equipment to help save your lawn. If that’s the case, then Mower Source is the perfect stop to get your grass back to the healthy levels it was at before. And no matter what you order, it comes with free shipping and no tax (except in MN), so let yourself get a little click-happy.

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