In fall, North Texas temperatures can swing wildly. The daily temperature can rise into the 80’s and then fall into the 40’s within the same week. With such volatility, it’s no wonder that grass can sometimes get mixed signals on when to go dormant.
Unsynchronized dormancy is easy to diagnose in lawns. If splotchy patches of brown and green grass cover your yard, it’s likely a result of this phenomenon. The pattern is different from disease and insect damage in the following ways. A lawn suffering from a fungal disease has patches of brown grass that is circular, the center point being the initial point of the sickness. A path of brown grass is a symptom of insect damage, like grubs. Unsynchronized dormancy is irregular and is universal across the whole yard.