Common Lawn Problems

Almost any lawn is susceptible to certain problems throughout the course of the season. Often times these issues are the result of very specific set of weather conditions, and sometimes they can result from well less than ideal cultural practices such as over or underwatering, or improper mowing technique. Turf’N’Tology has trained technicians with years of lawn care experience who can accurately diagnose any lawn issue that arises and recommend a course of action to remedy the problem.

If you are an active client and you feel you have an unusual lawn issue that we have not brought to your attention, please contact us directly. Please don’t ask your neighbor, uncle, or mailman for advice – ask us! Solving lawn problems is what we do, day in and day out, all season long. We take our profession seriously and we are better trained and better equipped to assess and solve your problems than anyone you could ask. It’s what we do.

Some specific issues you may want to watch out for:


Nutsedge is sometimes confused with normal turfgrass, but is distinguished by its bright green color and fast growth rate. Do you have patches of bright green “grass” that is twice as tall as the rest of your lawn? You may have nutsedge. Though it appears grass-like, nutsedge is actually a sedge, and is actually a difficult weed to control. Turf’N’Tology has methods for controlling nutsedge, but in some cases multiple treatments are required.

Fusarium Blight:

This fungal disease can be a real problem in hot summer weather. Fusarium Blight is noticeable by rings of dead turf up to about 1 ft. in diameter, often with live turfgrass in the center of the ring. This disease is caused by a fungus, and hot, humid weather – especially days reaching 85 – 95 and nights that stay over 70 degrees – tend to encourage the problem. Many lawn issues are caused by underwatering and lack of nutrients. Not so with Fusarium Blight, which is typically made worse by too much water and fertilizer. The solution for this really unsightly issue is deep core aeration to break up thatch and encourage airflow, and applications of a fungicide treatment. If you see circular dead spots in your lawn, please call us so we can give you accurate directions about adjusting your watering schedule, and assess the need for fungicide applications.