How to Turn Yellow Grass Green

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Things You'll Need

  • Lawn fungicidal spray

  • Chelated iron or iron sulfate spray

  • Peat moss

  • Nitrogen-iron product

Yellow grass is often the result of fungus or lack of nutrients.

If your grass is turning yellow, it could be doing so for a few reasons. Certain nutrient deficiencies and diseases can cause your grass to turn from green to yellow. For instance, if your lawn is lacking iron or nitrogen, it could cause a yellow hue to take over your lawn. Certain fungus can also have the same effect on your grass. Fortunately, you can resolve most issues with help from products available at your local home and garden store.

Step 1

Look at your lawn. Take note if the yellow seems to appear in a circular pattern or if the discoloration simply appears all over the lawn. If the yellowing is in a pattern, it could be due to a disease such as Summer Patch or Rhizoctonia Patch. Resolve Summer Patch by applying fungicide to the lawn, as the fungus Magnaporthe poae causes this problem. Resolve Rhizoctonia Patch, caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia cerealis, by watering your grass less, establishing adequate drainage for the soil and providing aeration for the soil.

Step 2

Apply a chelated iron or iron sulfate spray to the lawn if the yellowing is due to an iron deficiency. Grass blades streaked with yellow are typically experiencing iron deficiencies. For most iron treatments, simply spray it onto the grass; however, read the directions on your product for the best results.

Step 3

Apply peat moss to the grass to turn it back to green if the yellowing is due to Take-All Root Rot. Grass with this condition will have both green and yellow grasses blended together, with the yellow grasses bearing black or brown roots. Apply one to two bales of peat moss per 1,000 square feet of lawn to the affected areas. After application, water the grass until it is wet.

Step 4

Apply a nitrogen-iron product to your lawn if the yellowing is due to a nitrogen deficiency. Grass blades with this deficiency are totally yellow in color without any striping or green grasses mixed in.


Heather Vecchioni

Heather Vecchioni is a freelance writer in Maryland. Her work has appeared in several animal-interest magazines, as well as Baltimore-area newspapers and publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years and has been writing and editing professionally for over five.