Q. I have dead-looking areas in my lawn. They are mostly in the sunniest part. What do you think is causing it? Most years the lawn is green all summer.

A. If it is brown areas in the hottest part of the lawn, it is usually caused by a lack of water or chinch bugs. To check if it is a lack of water, do some hand watering on test areas. Soak it generously every other day for a week. If it is just a water situation, you should see some response to the extra water. If there is no response to the water, treat the area for chinch bugs with a soil insecticide. 

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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