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Grass Dying off

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by DanielHNYC, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. DanielHNYC

    DanielHNYC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I have been trying to plant new grass in 3 spots on my lawn. The areas are 5ft by 3 ft sections give or take. I bought new seed soil and raked in seed and the grass has grown quickly. The problem is that after a week or so, in the morning I am beginning to notice a clear sticky substance in areas of the grass. A few days later those areas brown and die. I believe I am watering enough and am not really sure what this is or how to stop it. Any suggestions?
  2. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Any possibility of pictures? Sounds like it could be damping off disease, but it sure is hard to make a good judgement without at least a couple pictures. Also a little information on your lawn and soil conditions, especially where the problem occurs.
  3. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Bad time of year to get new grass started. Wait until mid-late Aug
  4. DanielHNYC

    DanielHNYC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Here are some shots. It looks like spiderwebs with water on it, but when you touch it, its a slimy goo.



  5. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    I'm thinking pythium blight, but I'm not an expert.
    Susceptible grasses: blue grass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, bentgrass, and some others.
    Pythium appears during hot humid weather. Its common in the wettest areas of lawn. It causes greasy circular spots that enlarge rapidly under the right conditions. The spots are water soaked and dark colored early in the morning. They also form fluffy white masses and can form large irregular areas of dead turf. Dead patches may appear orangish in color.
  6. DanielHNYC

    DanielHNYC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    That is what we thought!

    Any suggestions?

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