common lawn problems

Is your garden not looking its best? Does it appear more damaged at certain times of the year? Are there strange things growing in your lawn?

Read our handy guide on common lawn problems and how to fix them, to help you identify the issue and get rid of it.


1. Weeds

Weeds are possibly the most well-known garden problem. Some can actually be quite pretty to look at but, if left to grow, they can take over your lawn. Fortunately, they’re relatively easy to identify and remove.

Common garden weeds include:

  • Dandelions
  • Clovers
  • Mare’s tail
  • Nettles
  • Brambles
  • Ragwort
  • Daisies
  • Buttercups

How to get rid of weeds

There are plenty of weed killers available to the general public, but some weeds are easier to remove than others. For best results when treating weeds, get in touch with a weed control expert.

Here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we use safe and highly effective broad-spectrum systemic herbicides that you won’t find in the shops to make sure those pesky weeds are properly dealt with.

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2. Moss

Lawn moss is usually caused by a combination of weak grass and excessive moisture in your lawn. It’s pretty easy to identify and most people are aware of what it looks like, but if you’re unsure, look out for vibrant green or yellow-tinged dense tufts on or near your lawn.

How to get rid of moss

Killing moss is easy, especially when you bring in the experts. We use a highly effective iron sulphate moss treatment that won’t affect your grass.

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3. Red Thread

Red thread is increasingly common in lawns across the UK, particularly during late summer. High levels of humidity around this time of year create an ideal environment for the lawn disease to thrive.

To identify red thread, look out for brown/reddish patches of grass and/or red threads on the grass stalks.

How to get rid of red thread

To get rid of red thread for good, it’s best to get an expert involved. Serious cases of the disease may require an application of fungicide to get it under control. After application, your lawn should take between 2-3 weeks to recover.

Top tip: avoid watering your lawn late in the evening as this can encourage the disease.

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4. Fungus and Mould

If you notice a few mushrooms or toadstools on your lawn it can actually be a good sign, as a healthy lawn will often have active fungi breaking down dead organic matter. However, if you notice an excessive amount of fungus on your lawn, you may need to treat an underlying problem.

Common lawn fungus to look out for:

  • Fairy rings
  • Fusarium patch
  • Slime mould
  • Sphere throwers/cannon fungus
  • Stinkhorns
  • Bird’s nest fungi

Read more about how to identify common lawn fungus here (includes images).

How to get rid of fungus & mould

If you notice your garden has a large number of mushrooms and toadstools, get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert to arrange a FREE lawn survey and book in a suitable treatment plan.

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5. Dry Patches

Dry patches in your lawn tend to happen as a result of a build-up of fungus around the soil during dry periods, which results in your lawn repelling the water droplets in the soil.

How to get rid of dry patches

To fix dry patches in your lawn, you’ll need to aerate the soil. This can be done via spiking or hollow-tine aeration. You will also need to apply a wetting agent to treat the fungal disease.

Together, these treatments will improve the water absorption properties of the soil and boost the health of your grass.

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6. Brown/Yellow Patches

Brown or yellow patches in your lawn is an ugly sight and unfortunately, there is a long list of common causes. These include:

  • Animal urine
  • Petrol or oil spills
  • Tree roots
  • Chemicals and cleaning agents
  • Brown stripes
  • Bare patches on high spots
  • Colour change after mowing
  • Excessively thick thatch
  • Soil compaction
  • Turf diseases
  • Insect damage
  • Drought
  • Leaves
  • Moss
  • Waterlogged/poorly-drained lawn
  • Worm casts

How to get rid of brown/yellow patches

Some causes are easier to treat than others but here at Lawn & Weed Expert we have decades of knowledge and expertise to get the job done right.

To identify the cause of brown/yellow patches in your garden, get in touch with us to organise a FREE survey of your lawn. Once we’ve uncovered the root cause, we can arrange a suitable treatment plan to suit your budget.

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7. Pests

If left untreated, lawn pests can do more then make a mess of your garden. By feeding on your grass and grass roots, they can cause significant damage and discolouration, and can ultimately kill your lawn.

Common lawn pets include:

  • Ants – It’s likely you have an ant infestation if you notice lots of mounds of soil in your lawn.

  • Leatherjackets – Also known as ‘Daddy Long Legs’, these insects can strip entire lawns, turning the grass brown as they destroy the roots.

  • Chafer grubs – Signs of chafer grubs in your lawn include brown areas, lawn damage, particularly in the summer months, and birds looking for food.

  • Moles – While looking for food, moles can destroy your lawn. Keep an eye out for raised areas and molehills.

  • Worm casts – If left untreated, worm casts can take over your entire lawn and ruin its appearance. Look out for little piles of soil in your lawn.

How to get rid of lawn pests

We can provide lawn pest control services effectively and humanely. Get in touch with us today to discuss a suitable treatment plan. Click the link below for more information.

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If you’re not sure what common lawn problems are taking over your lawn, get in touch with us today to arrange a FREE lawn survey.

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