My otherwise good looking lawn has brown grass, almost looks like straw ,
mixed in with it not in any particular pattern. A few weeks ago, the entire
lawn was a deep dark green. Now some is green and some is this brown grass
or the edges are brown. Any ideas/explanations. Could it be the unusual
amount of rain we have gotten along the north east. Any observations
weather, it's normal upon close inspection to see some brown/dead
blades in cool season grass evenly distributed throughout the turf.
The tips of the blades could be brown from mowing, more so if the blade
is not sharp. The overall turf still looks good though.
On the other hand, if you have scattered patches where the grass is all
or mostly brown, then it's either disease, fungus, or insects. Take a
sq ft sample of turf at the boundary area to a local agricultural ext
service, if there is one in your area.
Most lawns in N Ohio have at least a little red thread disease since the
dew point went up to 70. (to be expected) A feeding helps control it most
times but a fungicide will make it be gone fairly quick. (expensive)
Chinch bug and webworm are on the prowl now too, here in N Ohio.
ps. now is the time to prevent grubs.. in case anyone forgot
I have a similar problem. In addition to the straw appearance, my lawn
seemed to have stopped growing. I also noticed numerous spots where
animals had apparently "core aerated" the lawn, probably in search of
For reference, I'm in Southern New Jersey and have an irrigation
Based on not wanting to repeat last year (described below), I applied
- Spectracide Grub Stop at the recommended rate.
- Bayer Fungus Control. I kind of miscalculated, and put down about 5
lbs. per 1000 ft**2 instead of 3.
The lawn seems to be growing again.
I have a problem like this every year. Last year, I had a lawn service
fertilize. During early spring, the lawn looked great - check the
photo from May, 2005. However, it had to be cut three time a week. By
late July it was awful. My theory was that the service applied too
much nitrogen, causing all top growth and no roots.
I had the lawn core aerated last fall, and overseeded at that time,
and in early spring. In shady areas, I used Poa supina grass. I
applied starter fertilizer in May.
The lawn looked pretty good until a couple of weeks ago - the June
2006 photo. As I said, it seems to have bounced back a little.
Any suggestions about what could be going on? The bad spots don't seem
to correlate with sun/shade or any other obvious factor. One thing I
noticed is that in a spot where two trees were removed last year, the
grass is growing well and is very green. (I had the soil tested a
couple of years ago, and it was OK, but this makes me wonder.) I don't
know whether to fertilize or not to.
On Wed, 5 Jul 2006 22:01:54 -0400, "Kyle Boatright"
You can fert again with a summer fertalizer, also check for chinch bugs. An
easy way is to take a can, cut both ends off, and fill it with water on the
grass until it stays full, come back in an hour and look for tiny bugs
floating on the surface, if they are there then apply an pesticide to
I can't claim to speak for others. In my case, the cost of the
complete service was comparable to the cost of buying the materials
myself at retail prices. However, based on the poor results the lawn
service obtained, I'm taking care of the lawn myself again.
I could add that some people are allergic or sensitive to some lawn
treatments, especially pestacides (the use of which vs. organic
methods is another topic altogether) and don't want to expose
themselves to lawn treatment materials.
There is also the question of expertise. Growing grass isn't rocket
science, but given the volume of Usenet traffic, books, magazines,
radio shows, etc. about lawn problems, people may turn to
"professionals" in an attempt to obtain better results.
Finally, if people want to put their disposable income into lawn care
and use their time for something else, that's fine with me.
Personally, I enjoy yardwork, or I'd buy a condo, but obviously, that
answer doesn't work for everyone.
increasingly here to (New Zealand). Pizza can be delivered, thats ok as I
like pizza. I also like caring for my lawn. Seems a waste of time having one
and letting someone else look after it. If you simply want some green
outside but not the hassle of caring for it why would you care too much what
it looks like.
For many it's probably a matter of available hours. My house is on 1 acre
(~4,000 sq meters) waterfront, with about half of it being lawn, the
remainder in gardens or oak hammock. I use a lawn service to mow it each
week because it would take me 4-5 manhours to mow and trim, and those are
hours I can spend in the wood shop, or fishing in the lake, or --- .
Especially when I'm working, there aren't enough hours in the week to do my
own lawn care and the other tasks around the house that need doing.
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