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What are the Brown Patches in Your Winter Lawn?

December 22, 2017

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.  If you have lawn questions you can get answers by contacting the Scotts Help Center.

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 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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