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Can Someone tell me what is wrong with this lawn?

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by tomswenk16, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. tomswenk16

    tomswenk16 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I am trying to figure out what is causing my lawn to look this way, any ideas? and what to do to help it?
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  2. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    location? grass type? fertilizer? insect and grub control? water? mowing?
     
  3. tomswenk16

    tomswenk16 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm in the Southwest, New Mexico. I'm not sure what type of grass it is. I'm a new homeowner and just learning the ropes on lawncare. I haven't fertilized yet but am going to soon.
     
  4. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    A bigger picture (of the whole lawn) wouldn't hurt. . .
    By the way, I'm assuming that your lawn is fescue.

    It could be a lot of different things - the ones that immediately came to my mind were
    salt damage (ruled out by location), chinch bugs, or (maybe) grubs.

    Still, I can't understand why the grass near the sidewalk would be untouched.
    Anyone else?
     
  5. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    Could just be drought and compaction, honestly..
     
  6. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    I'd rake it, overseed, and throw some fertilizer down. Keep it watered and I'm sure it'll green up. Make sure you dont use a fertilizer with weed or crabgrass control if you're going to overseed though, as that will prevent the grass seed from germinating.
     
  7. tomswenk16

    tomswenk16 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Not sure if these pictures will help with discovering what is wrong with the lawn.

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  8. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    eeyah. . . it definitely looks to me like an insect problem. . .There are almost no roots to that grass. I would overseed and fertilize with starter fertilizer - but keep your eyes open for more of the same symptoms.
     
  9. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Messages: 646

    the grubs got full.. :)
     
  10. tomswenk16

    tomswenk16 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the help, I will try those suggestions and update later with how it looks.
     

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