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Old 05-24-2001, 11:59 PM
Rick C Rick C is offline
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Grass has a whitewashed look

My five year old sodded lawn has areas that look like they were whitewashed or sprayed with white paint. That is, the blades of grass have a white appearance. I live in Chicago, Illinois and I fertilized with Scott's about three weeks ago. The areas have been getting the proper amount of water. Any suggestions or answers will be appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2001, 12:46 AM
Eric ELM Eric ELM is offline
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It sounds to me like you have dull blades. You should sharpen them about every 4 cuts to keep the lawn nice and green.
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Old 05-25-2001, 12:51 AM
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powdery mildew

The whitewash look you may be looking at may be powdery mildew. This disease is usually a cosmetic problem affecting bluegrass growing in shaded conditions. Extended cloudy conditions can cause the disease to spread into "sunny" areas. Since the mildew covers the leaf surface, inhibiting sunlight, thinning of the turf can occur. There are fungicides labeled for powdery mildew control. However, seeding shade tolerant grasses into the area, or reducing the shade, will provide a longer term solution.
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