Where Are These Brown Patches Coming From?

Every summer in Florida, the sun shines even brighter, raising temperatures accordingly. Keeping your lawn clean and green during this increase in heat is a chore, and one we are impressed to see our clients perform every year. Everyone wants that lush lawn, however, there are occasionally unforeseen circumstances that can lead to a decay in your lawn, showing up in the form of brown patches. Now, these generally are more than an eyesore, so finding and rooting out the cause is important. There are a variety of possible causes that we have gathered here to help you identify and treat the problem. Now when you ask the question, “Where are these brown patches coming from?” you will know the answer, and what to do.

Lack of Water

Your Florida lawn requires around an inch of water per week, and if it is not receiving an adequate amount, your turf will react poorly, decay, and show brown. This is a simple problem to take care of, as by hand watering, or through the installation of a sprinkler system, you can alleviate the issues. If you already have an irrigation system in place, and are still having these brown patches pop up as a result of improper watering, your system needs to be checked. Consult your local landscaper, like Taylor Anthony 365 for the best irrigation results on your property.


There are many common lawn diseases that can negatively impact your lawn, many in the form of fungus. You can identify these through their extremely irregular patching, and they are caused by rainy or humid weather, as well as a lack of sunlight. This may be common in turf areas covered by shade. You can utilize a fungicide or herbicide to take care of most fungi or disease, just consult your lawn pest control company in choosing the proper remedy.


The two most common Florida pests to cause brown patches in your lawn are no surprise, although they are both big fans of the warm weather. Grubs and chinch bugs both damage your grass, although in slightly different ways. Grubs eat your roots, and leave essentially loose grass behind. Chinch bugs suck the moisture out of your grass, leaving the blades brown, and dead. Once again, you should consult your lawn pest control company in choosing the proper remedy. They will recommend a chemical based product for both of these common lawn pests, in order to eradicate and prevent them. 

Foot Traffic and Thatch

Although more rare, especially in Florida, improper lawn care practices and just general foot traffic can both produce dead spots on your turf. Thatch can build up on your soil, preventing water and nutrients from reaching the roots of your grass. This layer of material sticks itself right between your turf and soil, causing problems. It serves as a great habitat for pests and disease, and causes other lawn tasks: like mowing, to become a chore. Very easily, you can dethatch your lawn, and take care of this issue. When it comes to foot traffic, consider installing hardscape walkways to prevent stomping on your turf.

Commercial or Residential, Taylor Anthony is prepared to help you manage your landscape by providing the right solution for your situation, call us today at (904) 230-3386.