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How to Combat Yellow Spots in Your Yard


Are you dealing with a lackluster lawn? Yellow spots, yellow grass, and even dead grass are signs of a deeper lawn issue. By getting to the root of grass issues, you can see how even minor improvements can significantly impact the appearance of your lawn. 

If you’ve done everything you can think of to keep your grass looking beautiful but still find that you’re having issues, don’t worry - Simple Lawn Solutions is here to help. With a deeper understanding of common grass problems, like yellow grass, we can help combat these problems with the right products and proper lawn care techniques.


Signs of Grass Issues

We all know that lush green grass is a sure sign of a healthy lawn. Many lawn issues can be spotted on the surface but indicate there is a deeper issue. The easiest way to keep an eye on your grass is to be observant. Keeping a keen eye on any changes in your lawn, such as browning, thinning, or patchy spots will help you recognize an issue so that you can treat it sooner. The main grass issues we will focus on today are yellow spots, brown or yellow grass, and dead grass.


What’s Causing Yellow Spots?

There are several reasons why your lawn appearance could be taking a turn for the worse. Are you wondering what could be causing yellow spots or dead grass?

We’ll take a deep dive into these common grass issues: 

  •     Weeds
  •     Nutrient deficiency in the soil
  •     Pet damage
  •     Inadequate water
  •     Overexposure to the sun


These lawn problems are all too common, but luckily, not hard to combat. We will lead you to the right products that will make your lawn's comeback a breeze, even when dealing with dead grass or yellow spots.

 Weed in a crack in the road.


Weeds are an unsightly nuisance that, unfortunately, is a common problem with all grass types. No matter what type of weeds are popping up in your lawn, one thing is certain - these weeds do not provide any value to your turf. No matter what type of weeds are present in your lawn, they will be competing for nutrients to grow, leaving less room for your grass to flourish. Without proper removal, it is easy for weeds to take over your entire lawn, making their removal overwhelming. Combat these out-of-control lawn pests with consistent weed removal. Consider removing weeds in phases to make this process more manageable and less overwhelming.


Nutrient Deficiency

Your grass is only as good as its soil. Grass issues could be coming from the ground, so it is essential to understand the nutrients that soil needs to thrive. For the proper plant environment, all soil needs to have a balanced amount of macronutrients. The primary macronutrients in the soil are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium also referred to as N-P-K. These nutrients are essential for grass health and growth, and without the right balance, deficiencies can manifest as a yard full of yellow grass.

Are you wondering how to tell which macronutrients your lawn needs? We recommend conducting a soil test. With the test results, you will be able to tell which nutrients your soil lacks and supplement those with the right fertilizer blend. Consider conducting a soil test at the start of the growing season to avoid any issues that can lead to dead grass.


Pet Damage

Your household pets can be the cause of yellow grass or dead grass. Dog urine is not only potent but contains a high concentration of nitrogen that can burn your grass. If you don't have a pet and think animal urine might be an issue, it could come from other animals in the neighborhood, or even birds or small wild animals. The easiest way to reduce these hot spots is to dilute them with water after your pet has done its business.


Too Much Sun

In the summer months or in warmer states, too much sun can be a typical lawn issue. Depending on the type of grass you have, your lawn may or may not have the ability to endure hours of hot, direct sunlight. The heat of the sun can burn undesirable yellow spots on your lawn. To combat yellow grass, you can hydrate your lawn with proper watering. Let’s dive into how to be sure your grass is receiving adequate moisture.


Watering Your Lawn

Adequate watering is necessary for all grass types to grow healthy and strong. Overwatering or underwatering could be playing a role in a deteriorated state of turf.

Here are some lawn watering considerations to maintain a healthy and drought-free yard: 

  •     Consider the time of day to reduce water evaporation
  •     Stick to a watering schedule
  •     Set up a sprinkler system
  •     Increase the time spent watering the grass
  •     Pay attention to rainfall


Want to learn more about caring for your lawn? Check out more ways to ensure your yard is getting enough H20 and get ahead of any unwanted yellow grass.

 Sprinkler system watering dead grass.

Reviving Yellow Spots and Dead Grass

Your yard can come back from yellow grass or even dead spots. With fertilizer and grass boosters, you can apply the right nutrients to your lawn for quick nourishment. We have an array of fertilizers that focus on grass growth, lawn strength, and root development. No matter what causes lawn issues such as dead grass or yellow spots, we have the right fertilizer for your lawn care needs.

Our lawn boosters help enhance your lawn’s denseness, fight mineral deficiencies, and speed up new growth. With the right fertilizer or booster, you can get rid of yellow spots and yellow grass and revive dead grass. With these products and proper grass care techniques, you will be on your way to lush, green grass.



Karen Strait
Karen Strait

I have a Meyer zoysia lawn and live in the midwest. Is it best to put down the soil loosener during the hotter months, like July, or earlier in mid to late May, when I plan to put down my first application of fertilizer. Also, how long should I wait to put down fertilizer after using the soil loosener?

Simple Lawn Solutions
Simple Lawn Solutions

Hello Jerry! Leaf spots will occur during humid weather to warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses. Check out this link below for some information on turfgrass that has a leaf spot. Cultural practices are the first line of defense here, but you may need to intervene with a fungicide. We would not recommend applying weed killers or fertilizers when a lawn is over-encumbered with a fungal disease, at least until the disease has been cleared up. You can also email us at if you have any other questions!,many%20different%20genera%20of%20fungi.&text=The%20disease%20is%20confined%20to,infected%20during%20hot%2C%20humid%20weather.

Simple Lawn Solutions
Simple Lawn Solutions

Hello David,
We would recommend waiting and applying a pre-emergent before the spring of 2021 before the soil temps reach around 55 degrees. Crabgrass will germinate as the ground warms up, and having the pre-emergent down prior to seed germination will assist in preventing that. The crabgrass will die once the winter hits, so you could apply a weed killer now, but it may be a bit of a waste of money. Feel free to reach out to us by email with any questions. : )

David C Ramirez
David C Ramirez

I have a yard next door that is entirely full of crabgrass and have cultivated it and sprayed a general weed killer with crabgrass control and wanted to know when I can stop and put down a granular weed control for the winter. I live in Austin Texas and it is not that cold here yet.

Jerry Billings
Jerry Billings

I have what someone has determined leaf spot. I was told to skip fall and spring pre emergiant and aerate and split seed in April. Follow up with Cleary 3336 when soil Temps reach 70 degrees. Does that sound like a plan or would you do something different. Thanks, Jerry.

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