White tips at the end of the grass ????? PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by KcLawnServices, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. KcLawnServices

    KcLawnServices LawnSite Member
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    I gave a lady a bid today and I noticed that her grass had white tips..What could this be, has anybody seen this before ? Thanks
     
  2. nephilim0167

    nephilim0167 LawnSite Member
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    dull blades?
     
  3. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    is it the tip of the grass itself that is white or could there be fungal growth or mold on the tips?
     
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd have to see it. Are the tips all rough and torn looking? If so, it is just from dull blades. If not, it could be powdery mildew.
     
  5. KcLawnServices

    KcLawnServices LawnSite Member
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    It is the tip of the grass itself
     
  6. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    could be grey snow mold, usually in the winter and early spring. greyish circle patterns. Give more details if you have time.
     
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Honestly (and no offense intended), my first suspicion is this:
    http://www.ipm.msu.edu/CAT03_land/L04-04-03.clippers.htm

    If not, then...
    Did you guys:

    - Have a spell where snow remained on the ground for a while? More than a week, say 2-4 weeks minimum.
    - Did the leaves stay on the grass until at least January or February, providing a solid cover?
    - Have a pretty wet winter and the yard is mostly shade / lots of trees?

    Reason I ask is, the above could promote the growth of certain types of mold.
    But, I did not find a type of mold affects only the tips... Not to say it doesn't exist, just a google.
     
  8. johngreen

    johngreen LawnSite Member
    from iowa
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    This may be mildew. Itusually appears on the grass tips and is usually found in areas of a lawn that the sun does not dry out early in the day. I do not think it causes any damage to the lawn and it should go away when it warms up.
     
  9. KcLawnServices

    KcLawnServices LawnSite Member
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    It is fresh sod so it cant be dull blades
     
  10. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    How tall is it? A few of my st. augustine accnts will get white just at the tips when it gets to 6'' or more...
     

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