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Why Do I Have Some Dry Spots in My Yard?

If you’ve been nurturing your lawn with care, dry spots can be frustrating to encounter. Understanding the potential reasons for these arid patches is the first step in restoring your yard’s lush greenery. Here are common causes to explore:

1. Uneven Water Distribution
  • Irrigation issues: Check if your sprinkler system is reaching all areas of your lawn equally. Faulty sprinklers, improper positioning, or low water pressure can result in inadequate coverage.
  • Uneven terrain: Low areas collect more water, while raised areas may dry out faster. Consider leveling or installing additional sprinklers in high spots.

2. Soil Compaction and Thatch Buildup
  • Compaction: Over time, soil becomes compacted, especially in areas of high traffic, preventing water from seeping down to the roots.
  • Thatch: A thick layer of thatch can also inhibit water penetration. Aerating can break up compaction and thatch, improving water absorption.

3. Root Issues
  • Root competition: Trees, shrubs, and other plants compete for moisture, leaving your grass dry. Consider separating your lawn from such competition or choosing less thirsty companions.
  • Root disease: Fungal diseases can attack roots, hampering their ability to absorb water. Treat affected areas with appropriate fungicides.

4. Sunlight and Heat Exposure
  • Sun exposure: Areas that receive full sun all day long may dry out more quickly. Consider planting shade-providing plants or using shade cloths during the hottest hours.
  • Reflective heat: Surfaces like concrete or metal can reflect heat onto nearby grass, causing excessive drying. Planting heat-tolerant grass types or shielding the grass can help.

5. Improper Mowing Practices
  • Cutting too short: Short grass has shallow roots that dry out quickly. Adjust your mower to the recommended height for your grass type.
  • Mower blade condition: Dull mower blades tear grass, leading to moisture loss. Keep blades sharp for clean cuts.

6. Pest Damage
  • Insect infestations: Pests like grubs or chinch bugs can damage roots, decreasing water uptake. Inspect for pests and apply appropriate lawn insecticides if necessary.

7. Fertilizer and Chemical Burns
  • Over-fertilizing or spills from chemicals, like gasoline, can burn the grass, leading to dry spots. Always follow manufacturer directions for lawn treatments and clean up any spills immediately.


By pinpointing the cause of dry spots in your yard, you can take targeted action to correct the issue and achieve an even, vibrant lawn. Regular monitoring and maintenance will help catch problems early and preserve the health of your grass.


If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Mr Sprinkler Repair will be glad to help. Give us a call or 855-695-1000 to set an appointment.