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Burned the lawn out, now what

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Roachy, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Roachy

    Roachy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 125

    I did a fertilizing app on my lawn a couple weeks ago. I was trying to be careful and watch the daytime temperatures so I did 3/4 of the normal recommended rate. Was using a lesco 18 0 4 with allectus. After the app the temps stayed in the 90's and we went 2 weeks without any rain. I was away on vacation so I never watered my lawn. Lawn is looking pretty bad, has lines throughout that match the tire patters on the mower. What am I suppose to do now. Been watering it a lot lately, starting to bounce back but still some big brown cripsy spots. Are the totally brown spots dead or will they come back. Am I going to have to repair the spots or will watering over time revive them.
  2. DavidsonLandscaping

    DavidsonLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    pretty funny i did that same thing last year on my front lawn. water and time worked for me.
  3. Roachy

    Roachy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 125

    Ive got patches of brown mixed with patches of green. Should I continue to mow or should I let everything get nice and tall to hold more moisture.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I'd let it grow until it got top heavy then I'd trim off a little... You don't want grass to be toppling over on its neighbor... mow high until the weather cools...
  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    (HAD) a customer 3 years ago do this this to me.
    He spent a lot of money on a 3/4 acre lawn.......all Bermuda grass. Took 3 months to get this lawn back into shape from the prior lawn service. After 3 apps of crabgrass control, then nutsedge control, we went into the season with fertilizers to encourage growth. Thicken the lawn up was the intended goal........then he went off for the 4th to his ozark mountain range cabin for a vacation. He was gone for 3 weeks and didn't water a single stitch. The lawn turned brown!!!! a week after the application of 34-0-0.......door tag was left and everything to water on his 3 day a week schedule. He shut down the irrigation, left the gates locked to the controller area, and left.
    Needless-to-say the first word I posted is HAD. After his returning from vacation the results turned ugly and he was more than mad. He returned to his watering regimen and the lawn regained vigor and color as bermuda will do, then after two battles with armyworm.....................I ceased the services.

    I guess if you are expecting hot temperatures as this years calendar of events is foretelling, then don't apply a full regimen........do a quarter of the application at a time until the season cools down. In my case, the customer should have been more informative before he left for 3 weeks.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,726

    Those mower tracks are called "heat tracks". It sometimes happens if the turf is mowed when it needs water or the leaf blades are in a wilted state. Not actually related to the fert that was applied. Plenty of water will bring it out of the condition. New grass has to come up from the crown or roots...takes about 3 weeks. Keep mowing as usual. You should know what spots will not come back by August 31--reseed then if needed.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    Plenty of water doesn't always bring it back.....this if very common in our area.
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,726


    Here is yesterday's discussion of the heat tracks problem.
    Not pretty--customer is usually very unhappy. Mowing services hate when this happens.
    Cutters cannot wait for best conditions. They go ahead even when it is hot.

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