View Full Version : Brown spot in yard during summer? Fixes?

01-12-2011, 06:52 PM
I dont mow the grass at this customer but i take care of her landcape maitence. I noticed a brown re occuring spot in her front yard about 100 square feet. I was told when the house was built they used a lot of shale and then just spread topsoil over it. It gets so hot it drys it out during the middle of summer. I want to try to fix it for this person. Any suggestions? Basically it needs to hold more moisture in this area during the warm part of the summer. Should i top dress it? should i build the soil up evan higher and replant? Thanks

01-12-2011, 08:55 PM
Simple--just install irrigation. Or...dig down to discover the real problem. Correct it by removing the offending shale--restore by adding about 12 inches topsoil. JMHO.

Southern Elegance
01-12-2011, 10:29 PM
could be a fungus

01-13-2011, 11:13 AM
I dont think its a fungus. The whole develepment is known to brown up

Hoy landscaping
01-14-2011, 04:33 PM
had that on a few customers who dont want me to do a grub-ex application.

01-14-2011, 07:13 PM
check and see how many inches of topsoil are there...if not enough with shale/rock the topsoil might be drying out to quickly...if not its probally fungus/brown patch or an insect/grubs

01-14-2011, 07:39 PM
Its in the same spot every year. Would fungus or grubs do that? thanks

01-15-2011, 04:39 AM
yes...fungus, if the client uses the same lawn apps/ same water program....grubs,id believe if not killed/controlled theyd stay in the soil