When your Lawn Stops Growing and When to Call Lawn Care Pros

Your beautifully manicured lawn can sometimes have a mind of its own when something is amiss. Whether your green thumb has plucked a few weeds in your day or you regularly hire a landscaper to get the job done, you might run into problems here and there. What would you do if your lawn suddenly stopped growing? If you’re concerned with the growth of your lawn, before you call a professional lawn care service provider, you’ll want to consider these signs.

A Shady Situation

Relaxing in your hammock under a weeping willow is a tranquil thought, but if you want a full and lush green lawn, you may have a problem. If your grass isn’t getting at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, it will negatively impact the growth of your lawn. Large, shady trees often have long and tough roots that prevent the grass from getting the nutrients it needs to grow into a big and bright green landscape. In addition to shady trees, seasonal elements such as leaf piles and snow can stunt your turf’s growth. During the cooler months, try to avoid stepping on the grass to prevent damage before spring comes along. You may consider hiring a landscaper to uproot the tree and replace it with a shade-tolerant tree, or covering the area with mulch.

Lack of Aerating

A simple frolic through the grass or a football game in the yard will slowly cause the soil to clump together, hindering air pockets from circulating through the roots for nutrient intake. A simple pull of the cores or plugs in your grass bed with your gardening tool will help those suffocating roots begin to breathe nutrients once again. Once this is done and with a sufficient supply of sunlight and water, your grass should be sprouting in no time.

Threads and Brown Spots

Just as all people dislike unbecoming brown spots on their face or body, your lawn doesn’t like this either. These web-like threads or brown spots on the grass’s surface are called Fusarium patches, and they occur when an area has been shaded for too long or is overloaded with fertilization. Fungicide is the most efficient way to reverse the damage. You can do this yourself but a professional landscaper will provide your lawn with an even and adequate amount.

Weed ‘Em Out

Mushrooms are a nutritious food source in the produce aisle, but certainly not to your beautifully-manicured turf. Even though they are nearly impossible to get rid of by yourself, a landscaper will be able to get to the root of the problem by correcting the drainage problems and eradicating rotting organic material. Weeds are another hindrance to grass growing healthily. Simply pulling them may seem as though it’s helping, but when it rains, be prepared to start pulling and spraying. If you want the job done correctly, hire a professional that knows what appropriate weed killer to use, and how often to use it.


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