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Lightly browning grass in new yard.

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by zanemoseley, May 20, 2010.

  1. zanemoseley

    zanemoseley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    So my new yard in TN is doing ok but I am getting a little bit of browning. We have been getting a decent bit of rain but between rains it seems to brown quicker than other yards. I'm not sure if its because the roots aren't super deep yet or if its my soil. My soil is clay heavy with about 1" of top soil. I fertilized twice this spring (.5# of N each) and overseeded. Are their any supplements I should add to the yard to help? The picture below is yesterday before mowing.

  2. zanemoseley

    zanemoseley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    One particular suppliment I was looking at was iron in granular form but I know next to nothing about it.
  3. chloeourdog

    chloeourdog LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Messages: 1

    Acid Rain or acidic soil? Maybe try a treatment of lime from time to time?
  4. biggziff

    biggziff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    tough to tell by a picture but couple suggestions. Check the pH as mentioned and to me your lawn looks hungry, have you fertlized adequatly? If not 1 lb slow release nitrogen per/k might do the trick
  6. zanemoseley

    zanemoseley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I had the clay portion tested in the fall, it was low in P & K and the PH was slightly low but the ext office did not recommend liming, I will retest in the fall. I fertilized 1/2# N of 15/20/10 in March when I overseeded and another 1/2# of N of 12/6/6 with slow release about a month ago. From what I've read 1# of N in the spring is about all you want to throw out on Tall Fescue, I was planning on doing 2 apps this fall at 1# of N each.
  7. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    adequately...........that sp looks better :hammerhead:
  8. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Get a soil sample done. Most new soil is horrible from the building materials left behind. When you're putting down fert is it just N.. you need some K to get those roots going. Try some starter fert and keep it watered.
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Didn't we cover this? I would appear you did not follow advice given.

  10. zanemoseley

    zanemoseley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Well last year I had a total bomb out, no grass to speak of, no mowing, nothing. I've had good growth this year and have mowed 5 times or so but given my soil I expected to have a few problems.

    I took the advice given to me and did what I could with the budget I had. With 1 1/2 acres I didn't have $20,000 to bring in 30 loads of compost and have it tilled along with the other expenses.

    Here is a picture of the yard after mowing yesterday. Today I bought some Ferromec AC that has a bit of N was well.


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