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What caused the brown stripes??????

eggy

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Seymour Indiana
I drove by one of my accounts on the way to another one and notice that in spots where my turf tigers wheels had been the grass was brown??? Any ideas what caused this I have never had a problem surface like that. She does have her yard sprayed and he was there three days before I cut any help would be great...
 

Bobby

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Central Florida
Hey eggy,I don't know about Indiana, but down here, if you cut extremely dry grass, you'll leave tire tracks. Dead lines in the lawn.<p>----------<br>Yesteryear L/S<br>Hollywood Fla
 

Ocutter

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
S. Jersey
Eggy- Had the same problem. Customer was in the lower (grade) of the development. Ground was mostly damp. Drove a 52&quot; walkbehind on it and 1 week later dead stripes. I thought it was fert. but no. A few colleagues told me it could be one or both of these. 1- Stressed leaf blades break when ridden on giving dead appearance. 2- Compacted ground- Too much water and no air suffocates grass. I aerated last year and have not seen it since. Sell that to them!
 
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eggy

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Seymour Indiana
Hey thanks for the input it was dry out but what is odd no other lawns showed the tracks...selling in lawn aerating has been in the back of my mind...at least I have something to tell the customer...thanks!
 

mattingly

LawnSite Member
Location
Lexington, KY
The above replies sound like they know what they are talking about. Another outside possibility is that there is a fungus growing on the grass that was picked up on your wheels and caused the spread of it. I doubt it but it does happen to golf courses a lot. Its something people could be aware of in the future. This is notorious to happen when the grass is damp.<br><p>----------<br>Integrated Landscape Solutions<br>Lexington, KY
 

Keith

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Central Florida
Here in Florida it happens when the grass is extremely dry. If the lawn has areas that have &quot;sunburn&quot;, you most likely will be ok. It is only the areas that are really dry and brown already. When the lawn begins to recover, the area the mower tires went over is damaged. With St. Augustine, it will usually fill back in on it's own. On non running grasses you may have to seed or sod the damaged areas. You just have to know when to stay off of the grass.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
I've also seen this happen, but as soon as it rains or it is watered regularly, it will come back in the northern states.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>The Grass is always Greener on the other side of my competitors fence
 

richard2

Banned
i have seen this happen when a lawn is mowed with dew, then afternoon sun does some frying- also damaged leaves happens alot as temps rise make sure blades on mowers are razor sharp..
 

MWHC

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Wyoming
The streaks are caused by mower stress. The lawn is usually under other stress factors at the time. No water, extreme heat, soil compaction, etc. I rarely see this on lawns with sprinkler systems. When this happens we tell the customers to improve their watering practices.
 
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