Round dead spots

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by smikes, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. smikes

    smikes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    After my initial greening and into the first hot spell, my lawn has round dead spots.I had fertilized in spring followed by a insect control granual.Looking on line, I found it may be lack of Nitrogen.Sound right?I seem to develope these every year which sucks because the lawn strts out looking great. Is there something I should put on the lawn more often? Thanks for tips in advance!
  2. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    sounds to me like a disease, maybe dollar spot. Some pictures would be helpful. A lot of lawn diseases have symptoms that are very similar and its hard to distinguish between them. Lawn diseases are present year round, and the right set of weather conditions sets them off. For the most part, chemicals or cultural practices control the disease, but they don't kill it.
  3. M.C.L.C.

    M.C.L.C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Pictures would make this easier, but with the weather you described it could be a couple different things. Look up brown patch fungus, dollar patch fungus, summer patch....again pics would be nice but thats just me naming a few. what kind of grass do you have? Has it been wet lately or dry? let me know some of these things and i can figure it out for you
  4. smikes

    smikes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Here are some pics.It has not been hot for more than two ,three days in a row, and not overly dry. I mow the lawn at 4.5 inches. As far as type of grass, not a clue. I had to reclaim this yard when we bought this house.when we moved in this part of yard was all wild stawberries. Messy to walk on but pleasant to smell.

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  5. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Could be grubs. I'll let you borrow my moles and voles to take care of them:laugh:
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    need closer pics. Looks like red thread but hard to tell unless I can see the leaf.
  7. Rob.C

    Rob.C LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    red thread pretty sure, but agree need closer picture
  8. Troy-Bilt

    Troy-Bilt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Look at a plant closely and see if you can see small red threads attached to the blades and some closer to the crown (bad). It is best to look in the early morning when the turf is wet, it will magnify the effect. I agree with the others... You need to apply two applications spaced 10/14 days apart of Scott’s summer guard or equivalent. If the disease attacks the crown you will lose the plant. Also, nitrogen at required levels with this heat is not a great solution as the turf is ready to go dormant for July in your area. Hope this helps.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Scotts Summer Guard only has insecticide in it and not a fungicide. the only way that will work is the N.
  10. Troy-Bilt

    Troy-Bilt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    My bad.. Scott call's it.. Summer Fungus Control ..just get a product with Dimethyl. Thx

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