As a person who has operated a landscaping business in southern California for years, I’ve seen most of what there is to see in the realm of grass problems that often attack the lawns of homeowners. In a recent article, I wrote about two of the most common grass problems, dead patches and thin grass. In this article, I’ll talk about some of the more rare grass problems that might strike an unsuspecting homeowner’s yard. Having perfect grass is a rare privilege that few homeowners get to experience. Most are stuck with unhealthy lawns that are more of a hassle than they’re worth.

1. Fungus. Fungus is a major grass problem for a lot of people. There are four common types of grass fungus that you might run into. They are:

Fairy Ring fungus is a very common type of fungus. It grows in rings, leaving dark green and dead grass. If you have things beneath the surface such as old roots and stumps, fairy ring fungus can start to take root, decomposing the dead vegetation and also killing the grass.

Rust Fungus is a fungus that you see most often in the latter half of the summer. Like it’s name implies, it changes the color of your lawn to lighter shades of green and yellow.

Pink Snow Fungus will kill your grass in patches, and has white and/or pink fungus that may resemble cotton. It comes with heavy snow cover and long sedentary periods. Difficult to avoid in some states.

Slime Fungus is just like what it sounds like, slime. designer weed bags It comes when a portion of the grass stays too wet for an extended period of time. If you don’t rake up or bag your grass clippings but leave them on your lawn, this kind of fungus can grow and appear in different places.

Fungus likes to grow on dead matter. So if there’s fungus popping up in your lawn, like mushrooms or other types of fungus, it’s probably because there’s dead matter about. Some fungus will grow on dead tree matter that’s buried beneath the surface of the grass, like an old tree stump or the roots. Other fungi like to grow on dead grass clippings that weren’t picked up after a person mowed. If you don’t have dead organic matter in your yard for the fungus to grow on and decompose, then ordinarily you really shouldn’t have a problem with fungus. Occasionally however, like we discussed, the dead matter is beneath the surface of the grass and therefore difficult to identify.

2. Weeds. Another common grass problems is weed infestation. qp weed bags Things such as dandelions and clover can easily and quickly take over a healthy lawn, spreading out or up, and making the lawn look unhealthy. Fortunately, specially designed weed killers exist that don’t hurt your lawn but kill the infesting weeds. If you aren’t sure what kind of weed is infesting your grass and you want to get rid of it, take a sample into your local garden center and they should be able to help you identify it and find a product to eradicate it.

3. Discoloration. Discoloration in your lawn generally comes because of three factors. If you’ve planted grass that doesn’t do well in your particular climate, such as heat loving grass planted in a cold zone or vice versa, then when the weather changes against the grass’ liking, it may start to turn yellow or wither. The other big cause of discoloration is poor fertilization. If you haven’t fertilized your grass in awhile, or if you don’t regularly fertilize, your grass can start to grow thin and yellow on you. A third cause of discoloration that’s more rare is fungus. In one of the above sections, we discussed rust fungus which can discolor your blades of grass and make them yellow, orange, and brown.