So, What Happened Here ????

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by White Gardens, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    This is a good one for you guys.

    I got a call from a customer last year. She didn't know why her perennial garden was dieing in the span of a week. Ultimately it killed close to $1500 worth of plants.

    Just from the pics, can anyone identify what the problem was. Ask as many questions about the situation as you like.

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  2. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    I am going to say either from round-up, or from the lawn treatments....
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That was my first guess initially, but no chemicals were applied.

    1st Hint: It wasn't chemical damage
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    ok ill bite is it fall and the hostas are going night night
    or are they drown from 2 much water

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

    i thought chemicals at first too but now i say bugs or should i say grubs or urine
  6. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    The home owner is pouring some household item in those areas.
  7. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 724

    If I had a dollar for everytime I've heard that from a customer :dizzy:.
  8. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    Looks like no water, maybe the roof line hangs over the beds, and the canopy of the tree/ root system is not letting enough h2o to the plants?
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Not chemical? Then what killed the GRASS like that? Grass just dosn't die like that. SOmeone is not getting the whole truth, me thinks.

    Looks like something like a soil sterilant was used as a weed killer in the beds, perhaps to kill the grass that was growing in them, add water = leaching, and presto, dead plants. There are some products on the market for the homeowner, like ortho ground clear, that is a sterilant.

    Now, other than the grass obviously being burned and dead, it IS fall, and most perennials do die back this time of the year... Also the exposed soil I can see in a couple of the pics looks dry as a bone.
  10. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    Was the owner using greywater, something like the stuff that comes out of your washing machine? We have some really green people around here who like doing stuff like that...

    But my first guess would have been roundup of something like that.

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