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Easy tips on how to get your lawn back to green in no time.

Easy tips on how to get your lawn back to green in no time.
Brown patches on a lawn are an eyesore. But that's not the only reason they need to be addressed: Brown spots make your lawn vulnerable to weeds, which may eventually take over. More importantly, brown spots are often a sign of a larger problem with your lawn that needs to be identified and remedied before any fix will be effective.

Here are the fove most common common reasons brown spots may be appearing, plus how to get rid of them:

1) Over Fertilization
If you’ve over fertilized your lawn, the brown patches will be quite large. To fix, wait one month for the nitrogen to leach out of your lawn, switch to an organic fertilizer and then re-seed.

2) Pet’s Potty Zone
If your lawn doubles as a pet toilet, the brown patches will be in your furry friends’ favorite spots to visit. Water the spots thoroughly to wash away the nitrogen and the grass will eventually grow back on its own. If not, you’ll need to re-seed.

3) Excessive Foot Traffic
Brown patches that result from foot traffic will look more like a path -- the grass is dying because traffic has compacted the soil and it’s no longer allowing oxygen to get to the roots. To fix, you’ll need to aerate your lawn. Either call in a professional or do it yourself by stabbing a garden fork into the ground at regular intervals to let oxygen in. Then, re-seed and create a stone pathway through the area to provide a solid walking surface for future traffic.

4) Over Watering
In an over-watered lawn, brown patches often occur in areas with poor drainage. The next time you water, scour the lawn for standing water spots. You may need to add drainage tiles or pipes in wet areas. Fill in any holes or depressions, and, once the lawn has dried out, re-seed.

5) Lack of Light
If your brown patches appear in an area that is always shaded, your variety of grass may need more than the available level of light to grow properly. To fix the problem, either move the offending object if possible, continually re-seed the area, or replace that patch (or the entire lawn) with a variety of grass that is more tolerant to shade.