The Q&A Archives: Brown Grass

Question: Our neighbor has neglected his grass, therefore because our back yards are joined, our grass is turning brown as well. Our concern is that not only is our grass turning brown, but the possibility that it will have an adverse impact on our newly planted tress as well. Please advise.

Answer: It is possible that the lawn grasses have been attacked by a pest or disease and that is spreading into your lawn. However, there are numerous other possible causes such as over or underwatering, over fertilizing and so on. You might want to consult with your cooperative extension (566-0673 or 328-4800) as to a diagnosis and suggested remedies for that. In general, I would not expect the problem to affect your trees unless it has a more physical origin such as poor drainage causing standing water after a rain, a very thin topsoil causing drought stress, or something like that. Again, your county extension should be able to help you identify the problem and suggest what to do. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

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