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Brown Patches in Your Winter Lawn

December 10, 2013

When you see brown patches in your lawn this time of year it is usually a different kind of grass from the one that is predominately growing in your lawn.  For example, If you live in an area of the country that can grow both cool-season grasses (like Bluegrass, Fescue and Ryegrass) as well as warm-season grasses (like Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede); you may have both types of grasses in your lawn.  This means that during cold weather your warm-season grasses will turn straw-colored or brown when they go dormant while your cool-season grasses remain green.

So when you see brown patches this time of year, do not be too quick to blame them on fungus disease or insects.

This mixed lawn of Bermuda and Tall Fescue looks patchy because the Bermuda has turned brown as it went dormant for the winter.  The Fescue is green.  Click Picture To Enlarge

This mixed lawn of Bermuda and Tall Fescue looks patchy because the Bermuda has turned brown as it went dormant for the winter. The Fescue is green.  The Bermuda will green up with warm weather in spring.   Click Picture To Enlarge

This Nimblewill is a perennial grassy weed in this Bluegrass Lawn.  Nimblewill is dead-looking in winter, it actually is still alive.  This perennial weed will grow back from its roots in spring.  Click picture to Enlarge.

This Nimblewill is a perennial grassy weed in this Bluegrass Lawn. Nimblewill is dead-looking in winter, it actually is still alive. This perennial weed will grow back from its roots in spring. Click picture to Enlarge.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Lynn W. permalink

    How do you get rid of Nimblewill. I have it in patches everywhere :(

    • Hi Lynn W. I had an older lawn in Ohio with nimblewill. I have used two approaches with some success. In early spring before Nimblewill started to green up, I dug up the patches removing about three inches of soil and replaced them with an exact same size section of good grass from another area of my lawn. (This method works better if you only have a few patches to deal with.) Another time when I had lots of patches, I killed those lawn areas. In late summer when nimblewill is growing I sprayed the spots with Roundup twice with a week between spraying and then I planted grass seed 7 days after the last spraying (early September). Good Luck.

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