Can someone tell me what might be causing this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jweiner, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. jweiner

    jweiner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    This lawn is in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. It is primarily a Bluegrass lawn. These dead patches showed up over a period of 3-5 days. There are no obvious signs of critters and the grass will not pull up. Any thought would be appreciated.





  2. Zak's Pro. Lawn Care

    Zak's Pro. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    i would really like to know as well because i just saw that this week in a yard around and near a tree...same whitish yellowish color and it is not a burnt out look either. i dont know what this is but would really like to know
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I am not saying for sure this is what it is but you'll want to speak with your
    customer immediately and for several reasons, to show your concern, to ask
    them if they know anything about it (who knows, they might be aware of it and know why),
    also to see if they even care or if they want you to do something about it.

    Now from my perspective it could be a number of things but it looks like a chemical spill,
    liquid fertilizer or weed treatment variety come to mind but again it could be something else as well.
    It also doesn't place fault, just have to keep an open mind.

    That neighborhood looks nice, they probably have an irrigation system, perhaps
    despite the fact someone is treating the lawn it hasn't been turned on?

    Again it could be anything...

    So, talk with your customer.
  4. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    we have been in a drought like period lately.
  5. Cummins343

    Cummins343 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 2,468

    looks almost like gasoline to me
  6. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ...
    Messages: 1,267

    It isnt that serious of a drought. We are getting rain about 1 to 2 times a week right now and in the first 3 days of June we have recieved almost 1" of rain already. And look at the neighbors lawns nice and green. Along with the rest of the problem lawn. Who does the fert (if any on it) Looks like someone spilled something there. I would defenitally talk to them about it right away.
  7. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    could be a broken sprinkler head? followed by a recent application, looks burnt, the pattern and color. I would check to see if its getting water, and start checking things off the list even if you are certian its not that.
    chemical applied by homeowner
  8. Knight511

    Knight511 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Bugs/drought don't kill grass in straight lines. You can see the straight lines fading off into the distant yard that are also turning yellow. I agree with the idea of it being a chemical issue... gas... herbicide... something was on the yard and then the mowers tracked it off in the distance in straight lines.
  9. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    drought damage....there could be other factors...but I doubt it. Remember...drought damage looks like this AFTER...not before or during.
  10. jweiner

    jweiner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Thanks for all the helpful opinions. What would be the best way to reseed these dead areas?

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