Brown Patches of Grass Can Be a Sign of Army Worms

Michael Hatcher

Jul 13, 2017 3:38:29 PM

A green lawn adds both color and, therefore, curb appeal to your property. Don’t let patches of brown grass, caused by army worms, take that away.

Army worms aggressively feed on well-maintained grass in areas such as Memphis and the entire Mid-South. These pests are active beginning in July and ending in September, when weather conditions are the most hot and dry.

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Homeowners should be aware of army worms due to the discolored areas of grass that they leave behind.

Treat these worms with a lawn insecticide that is also labeled for army worms. When spraying, however, keep the following in mind:

  • Cut and irrigate your lawn before treating for army worms.
  • When treating, spray in the early morning or late afternoon for the best result.

Expect 3-4 weeks for your green space, and particularly it’s brown patches, to make a full recovery.


In 2018, Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. acquired a Memphis-based lawn care company, Master Lawn

This new brand name and focused division of our organization treats plants, trees and turf for unwanted pests, which can include spray services for ants and ticks, diseases and weeds throughout Memphis and the Mid-South.

Learn More About Master Lawn

Michael Hatcher

Written by Michael Hatcher

Michael Hatcher is president of Michael Hatcher & Associates.