How to Fix a Yellow Grass Lawn

If your lawn, which should look green, has yellow spots in it, you need to first determine the cause. Some things that cause the yellow spots are animals, changing seasonal temperatures or it may be preparing for dormancy. Warm season grass goes dormant late in the fall. Cool season grass may turn yellow in the summer. It might be insect damage or a chemical burn. You need to determine the cause and then you can start to repair the damage. Before long, your lawn will be beautiful and green again.

Yellow spots in the lawn can easily be remedied.

Step 1

Water the lawn if your area is going through a drought. Your soil may contain too much sand and can't hold onto the moisture content. If this is the case, water deeply early in the morning, once or twice a week. You may have billbugs or cinch bugs feeding on the grass. Deep watering will help take care of the problem.

Step 2

Test your soil for a nutrient deficiency. If your lawn is short some vital nutrients or if you haven't fertilized in a while, you may need to fertilize the lawn.

Step 3

Check to see if you had a chemical burn. Did you use too much fertilizer, insecticides or other chemicals on your lawn? Perhaps some drifted over from your neighbor's house. To take care of this problem, water the lawn well. If the areas do not bounce back, then you may need to reseed those areas.

Step 4

Watch to see if dogs or other animals go to the bathroom in your lawn. Their urine can cause the lawn to turn yellow. Keep a bucket of water handy, and then pour it over the spot where they just went. This will flush the urine away.

Step 5

Take a sample of your lawn or soil to an extension office. The lawn may have a fungus that will make yellow spots. They can assist you and help you to take care of the problem.

Step 6

Look over your lawn to see if it lacks sunlight. Do you have too much dead grass, leaves or other debris lying on top of the soil's surface? If this is the cause, dethatch your lawn once every couple of years. You can buy or rent a dethatcher at most garden centers.

Gail Delaney

Gail Delaney is a writer in South Dakota and has articles published online at various websites. She is the garden editor for BellaOnline, with years of gardening experience. Being the caretaker of her parents led her in the direction of medical issues, especially natural remedies.