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5 Common Lawn Problems in New England: How to Identify and Fix Them

Lawn problems can be a source of frustration and embarrassment. If you’re dealing with one of the many common lawn issues that homeowners in New England are plagued with, you might be wondering what you can do to turn things around.

The good news is that many common lawn problems in New England are solvable. By implementing the right solutions, you can be on your way to a healthier lawn that you’re proud to show off.

Common Lawn Problems and Solutions

Let’s look at some of the common lawn problems we frequently see and how they can be addressed.

#1: Pesky Weeds

Nothing in life is promised except death…and lawn weeds. Okay, so we changed the latter part of that saying, but sometimes it sure feels like it. You might feel as though you’re doing all the right things, but lawn weeds still seem to creep in.

Unfortunately, lawn weeds are a common problem in the Seacoast region.

weeds growing in grass

The good news is that a strong weed control program can tackle most of the common weeds that we deal with in this area. What’s important to understand about weed control is that different weeds often require different solutions. 

That’s why it’s important to work with a professional who will use a comprehensive program with varied controls.

#2: Opportunistic Crabgrass

Yes, crabgrass is a weed so it would fall under point number one. However, it’s such an aggressive weed that we felt it needed its own section.

Crabgrass is a coarse weed that grows in clumps and can deprive your healthy turf of valuable needs like water and nutrients. It’s a common lawn problem here in the Seacoast region.

crabgrass weed

The good news is that crabgrass can be prevented with a product called crabgrass pre-emergent. 

Crabgrass pre-emergent needs to be applied prior to germination. That’s because the product forms a barrier that will prevent germination from happening in the first place. 

Post-emergent control products can also be used on any breakthrough.

#3: Destructive Diseases

Another common lawn problem is disease. Just like us, lawns are at risk of getting “sick” and dealing with lawn diseases that can wreak havoc on good health. Three of the common lawn diseases that we see in this area are Dollar Spot, Red Thread, and Brown Patch, though there are many others.

Because diseases can cause such serious issues, we include inspections in all of our lawn care packages. If a lawn disease is severe, fungicides can be used to help stop the spread of the fungus.

lawn care technician uses liquid spray on lawn

It’s also important to know that healthy lawns can better defend themselves against lawn disease. 

A thick, thriving turf will be less likely to be ravaged by disease than one that is already weak, thin, and struggling. In the latter case, a disease can spread on the lawn more swiftly. That means that keeping up with regular New England lawn care services is another way to help prevent your lawn from being severely damaged by a disease.

#4: Hungry Grubs

Grubs are another common lawn problem in New England. “Grub” is simply the name for the larval form of the beetle. Grubs are caterpillar-like, c-shaped creatures that are born in the soil and then feed on grassroots for nourishment.

Grub damage typically shows up as irregular dead patches in your lawn. Sometimes people notice an increase in animal activity on their lawns (such as a lot of birds) when they have grubs. 

grubs in soil

Fortunately, if you invest in preventative grub control, you can prevent these creatures from decimating your lawn.

Grub prevention is significantly less expensive than repairing grub damage. And that’s really the biggest issue. It’s almost impossible to know that grubs are feeding on your lawn until they’ve already done damage. 

At Seacoast Turf Care, we include pollinator-friendly grub control in all three of the lawn care programs we offer because we know how critical this service is to the health of your lawn.

#5: Unsightly Bare Spots

Finally, we want to talk about bare spots. Homeowners get really frustrated when their lawns have thin or bare areas, and we understand why. You put a lot of work into having a healthy lawn and you don’t want to see patches that are struggling.

The reasons for bare spots can be varied. It might be that the lawn has been victimized by a lawn pest like the grub, struggled with a lawn disease, or maybe just isn’t growing as healthy in those areas due to soil health.

aeration holes plugs and seed

An effective New England lawn care program will address these issues with the proper solutions. But you’ll also want to make sure that you invest in lawn aeration and overseeding to fill in those existing bare spots.

Aeration and overseeding will not only help fill in existing patches but will also help reduce thatch and soil compaction so that you grow an overall healthier lawn.

Solving Problems with Lawn Services in Southern NH, ME, and MA

These five common lawn problems are just some of the issues that we see homeowners face. No matter what lawn problem you’re struggling with, you want to implement the proper solutions so that you can get back to enjoying your lawn.

This is why it’s important to partner with a lawn care professional. Solving these challenges and others should not be your concern. A lawn care pro will be able to help.


At Seacoast Turf Care, we’d love to take the burdens off of your plate and help you get a great-looking lawn that you’ll love. That includes identifying common lawn issues and then fixing them!

Soon, you’ll be back to having a lawn you’re proud to show off.

Want to learn more about what makes us a great choice for your lawn care needs? At Seacoast Turf Care, we service NH towns near Stratham, North Hampton, Exeter and many more. Get lawn care pricing for your Southern NH, Southern Maine, or Northeastern Massachusetts property. 

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