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Foul Play involved?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sweatyclippingcoveredguy, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I've had this one particular account for well over 5 years. One year, they called and said they would do it themselves. No problem. The next year, they call me to do the work again. The man of the house had the entire front yard ripped up and resodded with some extremely thick spongy grass they only identified as japanese something or other. I haven't seen this type of grass in this area at all. Time passes, the grass appears to take, and the man dies.

    Across the street, there lives a guy who has a LCO. He does damn near the whole block, except for my account. He has come over and we've did some general s@*t shooting "how bout the rain", "oh you got a new machine". A year passes and the grass outright dies in large patches. Dead brown, yet the everything else is perfectly dark green. No grubs. Looks like a chemical was thrown on it. The client claims the other LCO guy has done it overnight. She says she hasn't gotten along with some neighbors in the past, ect.

    I don't know if she's paranoid, or if she's right. Then again, it does appear that the sod was laid inproperly and unlevel when I 1st seen it.

    What do you guys think?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I think there's no telling for sure...
    Could be that, could be anything, lack of rain / too much rain or brown patch fungus, round-up, but who knows... I don't think the customer is paranoid but I also don't think there's anything to be concluded.
  3. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I initially thought the rain could of been a factor because last years rain shortage is when it 1st happened. Yet it seemed so drastic and quick, literally within a week or two. I've concluded that it can't be rain because she has been watering it frequently enough to make it grow ridiculously high in only 7 days. There was a time when parts would come back again, but then out of nowhere they'd hit hard again out of nowhere. I almost don't even want to do it anymore because I want it to look great and it makes me look bad. Then again that may be what the other guy wants. I'm clueless. Can someone post a link about the brown patch fungus, or discuss it briefly?
  4. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    you think that lco killed the guy before killing the grass?
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

  6. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    No, cause he's buried in my back yard. That's what he gets for planting this insane moonwalk grass.:laugh:
  7. DreamscapeDesigns

    DreamscapeDesigns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    please take a soil sample from three (3) SPACED LOCATIONS OF BROWN PATCH AND ONE (1) from good grass and post the results next week. Have them look spec for trace minerals and do toxocol on the soil to break down the chem comp.. THis will let you know what the lco is up to!!
  8. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    any DIY listhmus paper testers or anything I can order? Taking this to a lab would be very expensive, right? I really want to get into ph testing and analyzing the chemical properties of the lawns to diagnose problems. Not to open up a can of worms, but any info on how to cheaply get into that would be appreciated as well.

    What can I do if in fact, it is discovered that there chemicals thrown onto the property?
  9. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    Is the owner putting a weed and feed down?
  10. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    Actually, yes. She told me she did this year. I'd rather handle these types of things but she said she put down some scott's garbage. I'm not aware if she did this when the problem first began though. I read through the link about brown patch given to me, maybe overfertilization?

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