The Q&A Archives: Brown spots in newly seeded area

Question: I've recently had a large tree removed from my yard. The roots were the main problem with it, and they were ground down. I seeded the area and it was looking great. I water the lawn 1-2 times daily for 30-40 minutes. I noticed today that there were two small areas that have turned brown, the rest of the seeded area is a healthy green. What is causing this and how do I fix it? The soil is moist!

Answer: Once the grass has sprouted you can cut back on your watering. You want the roots to grow deeply so running the water long enough for it to soak in is a good idea, but watering for such long periods of time can actually keep the soil too moist which will drive out oxygen and actually suffocate the roots. So wean your turf off such frequent waterings so it can thrive. Water once a day for a week, then once every other day and finally once every 3-4 days. I think you'll see an improvement in the health of your lawn. Good luck with your landscape.

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