7 Chemical-Free Fixes for Common Lawn Problems

Most of your lawn’s problems can be fixed with simple maintenance, not floods of expensive chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

By Emily Main


brown grass is usually a sign of overmowing5. Brown grass
This is usually a sign of overmowing, which prevents the grass from getting enough water. Set your mower a little higher and mow less frequently. The higher you allow your grass to grow, the better it retains moisture, especially during hot, dry spells. Sometimes brown grass is a sign of nutrient depletion, in which case you may want to plant some clover to help affix nitrogen in the soil. A soil test will tell you if your soil needs added nutrients. Brown grass may also be caused by white grubs, a pest that can be eliminated with the same beneficial nematodes used to fix bare patches.