How to Avoid Dead Spots on Your Grass

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Last Updated June 20, 2023

Sunny days are often spent in backyard pools or playing games to keep cool. Summer fun can be undone when you notice brown spots in your lawn, and a few culprits may be the cause. Read this article from The Grounds Guys for helpful tips to prevent and cure dead spots on your grass in the summer.

Temporary Lawn Toppers

At the beginning of the summer, the whole family is ready to get out in the pool; however, if it is not moved around throughout the summer, the weight of the pool suffocates the grass underneath it. Every summer, temporary above-ground pools, slip n’ slip-slides, and seasonal sandboxes can quickly damage the lawn.

Swimming Pools

Inflatable swimming pool on residential lawn

Temporary pools frequently cause brown spots on a lawn. The size and weight of a swimming pool block the sun and damage the grass underneath. You can lessen the damage by placing a large tarp under the pool and relocating it throughout the summer, if possible.


Inflatable water slide in backyard

This summer activity is great for having lots of fun, but not so great for your yard. Sometimes inflatable waterslides can cause irrigation problems or lots of mud if not set up properly which can lead to a destroyed yard. If this is something your family uses all summer, make sure to move it around after each use so you don’t damage the grass.

Other Summer Activities

Bounce castle in residential backyard

If you got your kiddos a bounce house or inflatable water slide for the summer, make sure to move this around frequently as well. Although these may not be up for a long time, it is important to show that patch of grass some special treatment before and after the inflatable.

Other Causes of Brown Spots on Grass

Discolored or brown spots in your can also be caused by lawn fungal disease. A good indication of fungus is a growing brown spot or multiple new spots forming.

We recommend contacting a professional lawn care and maintenance company to properly diagnose and treat lawn fungus. To prevent growth and future outbreaks, follow these steps to ensure a healthy lawn:

  • Proper mowing: Make sure your blades are sharp and wash the underside of your mower after each use
  • Aerate and dethatch: Aerate every couple of years to allow the soil to breathe
  • Watering: Early in the morning is the best time to water, so the grass can dry during the day
  • Fertilize: Make sure to choose the right fertilizer for your grass and follow the product’s specifications to avoid causing more fungus
  • Move large objects (like pools and inflatable slides) around in your yard throughout the summer
  • Watch for signs of fungus as early detection is important
  • Fertilize according to the product’s specifications and don’t over-fertilize

Contact The Grounds Guys for Lawn Care Maintenance

The Grounds Guys offers professional commercial and residential lawn care and maintenance services. If you need assistance with your lawn, request an estimate today!

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