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Light green spots

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Gabby, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Gabby

    Gabby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    Guys I know this has been discussed before but I wanted to start my own tread with pictures. I have lighter green spots throughout my lawn in the shadeier areas as I live in a wooded area. Man is it tough to have a nice lawn when you have shade. Anyway, I think it is creeping fescue. What can be done with this short of tearing up and re-planting my lawn? I have seen that some spot treat the spots with ironite to get it to green up closer to the KBG/Rye. I would imagine this have to be done annually or when ever it starts to lighten up. Is there any other solutions to my problem? Thanks.

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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,462

    Are there any seed heads? Especially later in the season and in fall? It could be poa annua--one of the most difficult grassy weeds.
    I hope not.
  3. OP

    Gabby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    No see heads that I see. I think it is creeping fescue if I had my guess.
  4. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    It's creeping fescue. Short of digging it up, iron is the only thing that has worked for me, but yes, it requires several apps every year. The fescue simply does better in partial shade, and out-competes the rye or KGB in those areas. That's my 2 cents, anyways.
  5. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    As it looks to have just been mowed, I can't tell if it out grows the other grasses. I'm going to venture to guess it might be Yellow Nutsedge. In my opinion, I would find it odd to see Creeping Red Fescue so Yellow as that. And if that area is as shady as you make it sound, Creeping Red Fescue is probably one of your best seeds of choice for that area. Creeping Red Fescue is normally Medium to Dark Green in color.
  6. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    I must respectfully disagree. Pretty early for nutsedge, and I have this on my own shady front lawn. It's a fescue alright.... just not sure which creeping fescue it is. Might not be red. But it's fescue... I'd bet on it.
  7. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    Let us see more pictures when it grows in.
  8. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    I could well be wrong, but I will still shy away from saying it's fescue. I would like to see pictures of it, after it has grown in some, and possibly a Close up.

    Hard to tell, just looking at patches of a different color. Could be the same grass with a soil problem. And it's so patchy, there is like no blending. The edges of the patches are so distinct.
  9. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    I agree that it is some type of fescue coming up, but not high jacking this thread.....It is too early here for nutsedge, but it has already come up in some lawns. Weeds and plants are out of whack and all have came out at the same time this season for us!!! A total nightmare to deal with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    If it is fescue as I suspect, it will get darker as the growing season progresses. It tends to be a bit lighter colored in the spring, especially after a fert application. It will likely grow a bit faster than any nearby rye or KGB in the spring too.

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