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Help Identifying Problem

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cochranjd, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. cochranjd

    cochranjd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    We've had our house for almost 2 years. We moved in 2 Octobers ago and the yard never really "took" all that well when put in. I'm trying to figure out what is causing the problem so I can attempt to remedy the issue myself, but I don't know much about lawns at all.

    Our neighbors have had theirs treated by a commercial company and it looks fairly nice (though it was in better shape to begin with). In the pictures below, the dark green patches are the edges of my yard where it blends with theirs.

    Can anyone help me identify what is going on in the pictures below? Is it under fertilized? Does it need to be dethatched? Does it need to be aerated? Any help at all is very welcomed and appreciated!

    Here are some pics:


    Thanks again!
  2. EconoScapers

    EconoScapers LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 5

    Hard to tell from photos.

    New to the restore phase but looks like weeds Cg ..etc, Cut to short....etc

    I would recommend (feel free to correct me)

    In The Fall:

    1. Cut short 1" 1 1/2 "

    2. Rent Core aerator and 2 passes min. ( I like to lay down some peat/compost maybe lime)

    3. Starter fert and a good quality seed don't skimp on the seed.

    4. Keep it damp


    1. Pre-emergent/Fert for crabgrass

    2. Don't cut below 2 1/2" -3" (never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time)

    3. Weed-n-Feed in June

    Might have missed a few things but there will be a major improvement.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  3. EconoScapers

    EconoScapers LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 5

    The one question I have what type of grass? Warm season grass maybe centi or Burm?
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Ya, that would be good to know.

    How about the lawn when installed? Was it amended, tilled, etc..... Also, how old is the house and is it newer construction? (built within the last 20 years or so).
  5. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 553

    Type of grass would be a key bit of knowledge(where do you live?). I would also start with a soil test. Get that done first, then base your program on that.
  6. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,286

    yes the grass identification is key, your location would also help...it looks like a bermuda, zoysia, centipede type of grass, in other words a warm season grass that are ugly to begin with...it almost looks like your neighbor has a different type of grass and probably waters is more often than yours therefore it looks entirely different, because it is...but yes the first step is the identification of your existing lawn then you can go from there...best bet would be to ask the guy who does the chemical treatments next door or ask a lawn professional, you can also ask the extension office, they usually come out for free...watering is also key, then a nice chemical program to follow that up...it can take a lot to get a nice lawn, from soil samples to installing an irrigation system
  7. cochranjd

    cochranjd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Thanks everyone.

    House is located just NE of Dallas, Texas.
    Grass is Bermuda

    House was built 2 years ago and the lawn was brought in and put down right before we moved in (October of 08). Was put in as sod, not seeded.

    The first winter came and the grass still had seams in it for a long time, though it has filled in more at this point.

    I'll take some of the tips and try and work off of them - thanks again - and any more are definitely welcome!
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Bermuda loves Nitrogen. It looks like a very hungry lawn to me. Do a soil test and amend as recommended. Also bermuda like a well drained soil and wont react well to too much irrigation so if you have been watering more to try and fix your problem start doing the opposite, cut back the water.
  9. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 553

    Full Disclosure: I have no experience with Bermuda grass.

    Now, that said, I highly recommend getting a good amount of compost into that soil. No matter what type of grass it is, compost can only help. Good luck!
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    That's the reason I asked about when the house was built. Nothing is usually done to the lawn after it's been used as a parking lot by all the contractors building the house.

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