What is this problem with my lawn

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hoggie, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. hoggie

    hoggie LawnSite Member
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    These spots have appeared on my lawn for the past three summers. It starts to appear during early July and starts to go away in the fall. It covers about a 16ft wide area and has some scattered spots in other parts of the lawn.

    This is a northern lawn, located in Michigan.

    Its has a underground water system and is on a 4 step Lesco fertilizer program.

    The rest of the lawn looks great except for these areas. The spots kind of look like somebody threw a firecracker in the lawn. here are three pics.

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  2. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    animal of some kind digging, rabbit maybe?
     
  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Due to the timing, mabye squarrals storing nuts?
     
  4. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    three holes in a row like that, most likely
     
  5. hoggie

    hoggie LawnSite Member
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    Its not squirrels. We have a professor from Michigan State's turfgrass management looking at it right now.

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  6. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Skunks leave a small, almost triangular hole when digging for grubs, with the soil thrown to one corner.
     
  7. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree it could be skunks looking for food. Is this section of your lawn close to any wooded areas?
     
  8. hoggie

    hoggie LawnSite Member
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    The damage it only 10 feet from the road, i don't think its skunk damage because the holes are only the size of a quarter.
     
  9. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
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    yep I think squirrel, those are awfully big quarters,
     
  10. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Skunk holes get them here all the time.
     

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