bald spot and future prevention (photos enclosed)

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by diyrick, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. diyrick

    diyrick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I'm in Oregon Portland and there's plenty of rain for the lawn. However,lately my front lawn developed a dry patch right in the middle and grew in size and this is a brand new lawn that's been put in 11 mos. ago and there's never been a problem before.I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to fix the bald spot and future prevention to this problem.

    what caused my lawn to turn spotty bald?




    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Just reseed easy till the turf up with seed and water.
  3. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 86

    I saw the title of this thread and thought that someone had found a cure for what is happening on my backside of my head. Whoops ... hehe

  4. whitenack

    whitenack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I used to have a spot like that at my old house. It was a smaller spot, but looked about the same. I decided to plant a tree right at that spot, 1.)because I wanted a tree in the area, 2.)because I wanted to see what was under the spot.

    Sure enough, whoever poured the concrete slab for the back patio had just dumped their excess concrete right in the yard. Instead of digging up the concrete, the builder coverd it over with soil and sodded.

    The chunk was about 2' x 2', sitting below the surface a half a foot.

    You might down and see if there is anything under the surface.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Exactly what I was going to say..looks like the spot where maybe the guys that did the rock in the house
    dumped their wheel barrow or washed out the cement in that area.
  6. diyrick

    diyrick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for all your suggestions I've gone to Home Depot and Low's and was given the same advice of either loosening the soil and reseed for regrowth of new grass or throwing on a new patch of grass. The problem was assumed to be caused by animal stool or droppings. I wonder how much cost for new patch of grass in that area (about 5X5 sq feet).
  7. whitenack

    whitenack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    wouldn't think animal droppings would do that. If anything, I would think it would make it grow greener.
  8. fishinpa

    fishinpa LawnSite Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 293

    Has anyone ever spilled a little fertilizer there?

    I'd tend to agree it's probably something below the surface though.
  9. diyrick

    diyrick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks all of you. I thinks that dead spot on a lawn may be caused by disease or snow mold. Last couple of week, I was adding extra fertilizer and randomly scattering seed on the bad spot and doesn't revive it. The fertilizer made the undamaged lawn extra green and healthy now.

    I should start over by digging out the old damage sod first , add new soil and reseed for regrowth of new grass. What do you thinks?

    Do you guys know how can I prevent this happen again in the future?
  10. blaze347

    blaze347 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    My monitor is horrible, I can't make out some things in your pictures, can you answer a couple questions for me....
    What are the dark spots in the middle?
    What are the white specks scattered around?
    Does the grass pull up easy, like there isn't any root structure?
    Finally, does the grass have an oily texture?

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