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Backyard too wet & tree problems

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by dexion, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. dexion

    dexion LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Hi. I have two problems. My backyard does not get enough sunlight and has spots and moss. Some spots look dead and some look white. The moss (green) is mostly around the perimeter of the grass. What is the best way to treat this.. or is a tear out and redo in order?

    Next I have a tree and an evergreen bush that show signs of disease.. anybody have any ideas what it is and how to treat?

    thanks a lot



  2. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    second picture is called lichen nothing to worry about, it won't hurt the tree.
    third picture looks like pink snow mold or grey snow mold. rake it with a leaf rake to air flow to the crowns of the grass.
    first picture not sure maybe slime mold.
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    Moss: can be caused by shade, drainage, improper pH etc.
    Lime the lawn, use a moss killer which will also help to improve your lawns colour.

    Now, the first picture.....what is that pink thing in the middle? It could be red thread
    which will crop up in the spring and summer when the lawn is moist and warming up.

    The other thing with the white spots looks like a fungal mycelium. It could be one of many things. Possibly grey slime mold, which is a mycelium.

    You could spray a fungicide. I don't know what is allowed in your area.

    Mostly though, it is a cultural problem with the lawns health. Use a lower nitrogen
    fertilizer. Get good air circulation, aerate, check the pH. cut at at least two inches
    Bag your clippings and sanitize your equipment after use, as these things will spread.

    Also, go to the Purdue University website for information that could be more relevant to problems in your region.

    Moss and lichen as already said, is of no health concern to your tree.
    You can spray most trees with lime-sulphur before bud break and these
    things will die. Read and follow directions... You can then carfully rub it off with a stiff brush or broom.

    Now, the third photo appears to me to be a grey slime mold which is also a mycelium
    You can follow the suggestions as laid out above.

    That first picture with the pink thing has me guessing. It is a bit out of focus,
    or maybe I am.

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