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Brown spot in yard during summer? Fixes?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by johnnybow, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I dont mow the grass at this customer but i take care of her landcape maitence. I noticed a brown re occuring spot in her front yard about 100 square feet. I was told when the house was built they used a lot of shale and then just spread topsoil over it. It gets so hot it drys it out during the middle of summer. I want to try to fix it for this person. Any suggestions? Basically it needs to hold more moisture in this area during the warm part of the summer. Should i top dress it? should i build the soil up evan higher and replant? Thanks
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    Simple--just install irrigation. Or...dig down to discover the real problem. Correct it by removing the offending shale--restore by adding about 12 inches topsoil. JMHO.
     
  3. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    could be a fungus
     
  4. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I dont think its a fungus. The whole develepment is known to brown up
     
  5. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    had that on a few customers who dont want me to do a grub-ex application.
     
  6. loupiscopolandscaping

    loupiscopolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    check and see how many inches of topsoil are there...if not enough with shale/rock the topsoil might be drying out to quickly...if not its probally fungus/brown patch or an insect/grubs
     
  7. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    Its in the same spot every year. Would fungus or grubs do that? thanks
     
  8. loupiscopolandscaping

    loupiscopolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    yes...fungus, if the client uses the same lawn apps/ same water program....grubs,id believe if not killed/controlled theyd stay in the soil
     

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