Why Is My Grass Light Green?

Causes for Discoloration

Slow-Release vs Quick-Release Fertilizer

Like many plants, grass produces a pigment called chlorophyll when exposed to light. This bright pigment absorbs blue and red light, reflecting green light back to your eyes. That’s why the right amount of sun is important for green grass! Sometimes, however, your yard isn’t that ideal shade of green. Why is that?

Why Is Your Grass Light Green?

  • Sunlight is a healthy yard’s friend. Most types of grass require direct sunlight during most of the day. You might discover grass grown in shaded areas can be lighter in color. You can try removing the cause of shade, like trimming trees, or you might want to switch to a grass type that prefers shady areas.
  • Your grass needs certain nutrients to thrive. If your lawn doesn’t have enough nitrogen, it can cause it to have a light green appearance. Nitrogen might be the culprit if you notice your grass isn’t growing as fast as you expect. Your plants might even fight for the limited nitrogen in your soil, and your trees and shrubs might struggle to grow as well. Applying a nitrogen fertilizer in the spring can help ensure your grass is that healthy shade of green.
  • If your lawn just has patches of light green grass, a disease might be the culprit. Yellow patch is a disease that can make your lawn look light green. You’ll see splotches of discovered grass around your yard that eventually die and turn brown. You might also be dealing with dollar spot fungus that causes light patches of your yard to fade from green to pale yellow.

Make Your Yard Healthier with Green Lawn Fertilizing

We know not all grass is the right shade green, but that’s why we’re here! Our Green Lawn Program provides everything your lawn needs to be that bright, healthy green you imagine when you think of the perfect lawn. Call us today at 888-581-5296 for a free quote and to learn more about our services.