Patchy lawns

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bj22, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. bj22

    bj22 LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Posts: 69

    Anybody having problems with dead areas of turf when every thing looked fine last year. Almost looks like grub damage but it is very patchy dead spots not whole areas. I am baffled? NE zone
     
  2. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I posted here aboutthis a few weeks ago. I e-mailed Dr Landschoot at PennState. His theory is that the lawns were drought damged going into fall and stressed out over the winter and died off. Here in cntral PA we had zero snow cover and a lot of freezing and thawing thru the winter.
     
  3. bj22

    bj22 LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Posts: 69

    Thanks for your reply. I attributed to the same thing but try to explain that to a customer is almost painful. I thought lack of snow cover for insulation and snow melt for deep soil watering in spring. If i remember wasnt last year very dry going into the fall and above seasonable temps right into nov. Just weird, thought grass would go dormant only and shoot back out in the spring.Do you have ant literature in writing for distribution to a customer so they can hear it from a expert. tia
     
  4. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't have any printed info.I think this caught everybody by surprise.
     
  5. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,495

    we have a lot of snow mold, not sure if you had snow cover all winter like we did?
     
  6. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,476

    I'm seeing patches of dead bentgrass especially in shaded areas that were already shallow rooted before leaf cleanups. The landscapers often ripped sections of turf while raking. Tree competiton lends validity to the drought stress theory of Dr Landschoot's. No signs of snow mold in Westchester, Co, NY.
     

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