Why is my lawn developing a spotty, “leopard-like” pattern?

From early to mid-fall, cooler temperatures will cause warm-season (Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass) lawns to go into dormancy. After the first frost, a spotty pattern similar to a leopard print can develop. This anomaly is simply a reaction to colder temperatures and heat dissipation. Do not be alarmed, this is not a disease nor is it in any way harmful to your lawn. When winter temperatures set in, the color will even out as the rest of the lawn continues into dormancy.

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