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What going on with my grass (pic)

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmannj, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. grassmannj

    grassmannj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    It seems like ever year my grass starts out looking real thick and strong, and the it goes to sht. what is the problem and or the solution. thank for your help.



  2. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    Looks like a fungus problem to me - usually the result of excessive moisture. If it is , a fungicide will control it , but the real fix is to limit the factors that facilitate fungus growth , like overwatering.
  3. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Posts: 907

    What part of S.Jersey you from? just curious. Whats your watering and fert schedule like? Have you sprayed anything? what and when was your last application if any? Jersey has been really dry until this past Sun,Mon. Your blade looks slightly dull, but that shouldn't have to much of an effect, keep em sharp though. Is this the only spot or is it the whole lawn? More pics of the whole affected area would help. Anyway I'm bored sorry for the long response.
  4. BLKSS

    BLKSS LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 82

    maybe summer patch?
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    looks like red thread
  6. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 189

    I'm having the same problem in SJ. What are the solutions to minimize further damage other than reducing the watering and adjusting cutting height? Are there chemicals anyone can suggest to contain the fugus?
  7. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,341

    Aerate once a year.

    Mow with sharp blades as the lawn needs it, not cutting more than 1/3 of blade height off at one mowing.

    Easy on the cheap nitrogen. Slow release is best.

    Check your pH with a soil test and adjust according to recomendations

    Water properly. Your average lawn needs 1" of water each week. Deep, infrequent waterings are best. Let the lawn dry out a little in between waterings. You're alot better off watering 1/2" twice a week than giving it a little every day.

    A healthy lawn is the best defense against diseases, insects, and weeds.
  8. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 189

    I've done all of the above except aerate. I plan to do that in the fall. I think a major part of the problem has been the weather. I saw Scotts is offering a fugicide at my local HD for the first time. Any suggestions on fugicide?
  9. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,194

    Do you bag your clippings? If not, begin. Clippings provide a perfect climate for fungas. Sorta a hothouse breeding by trapping heat and moisture close to the grass foliar as it comes from the ground and just ferments the sugars in the stem. I would want to live there with a blanket of thatch holding in the summer heat. I know, I know that I'm older than dirt. Think about it.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    looks like it need some tough acting tinactin

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