What is going on with my lawn?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by les anderson, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,827

    Is this what take all patch looks like while it's taking out a lawn? I've seen images of the damage I believe but not as it's happening.
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I don't think this is Take all Root Rot cause by the soil borne microbial Gaeumannomyces graminis graminis or Ggg. In fact I don't think Ggg is even in your neck of the woods. But one way to help Diagnose Ggg is to look for the Mycelium which looks like a web on the turf in the earl morning. A more complete diagnoses is done by reproducing or growing the Microbial in a petri dish and matching the Mycelium to know stains under magnification. All microbial mycelium have a signature growth pattern.

    Time to cut more grass, I check back in when need to cool off again
  3. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    Florida, this time of year, hi-nitro fert....fungus probably. I see some evidence of spotting on the blades, but a picture before it turned to pure thatch would have been more helpful.
  4. kenel

    kenel LawnSite Member
    Male, from Chicago, il
    Messages: 34

    alien spaceships.

    call NASA asap please.
  5. les anderson

    les anderson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I am really starting to get concerned about this. I can tell I am about to lose another huge patch of what was healthy grass just a few days ago. It has rained the last couple of days so I haven't been looking too hard but this seem to have happened almost instantly. The 3rd and 4th pictures down show the spot I was writing about last week in the foreground and then the new patch that is seemingly on its way out.




  6. lawnguy26

    lawnguy26 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 208

    WOW!!! That is a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Looking at the first pics this area looked to be healthy just 3-4 days ago. The only things I know of that can damage that large of an area that fast is webworm/armyworm, drought or mis-application.

    But I can tell you webworm/armyworm did not cause the first damage.
  7. les anderson

    les anderson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

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  8. les anderson

    les anderson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Is it possible that problem from over fertilizing weeks ago could lay dormant for so long? I have watered the hell out of it the last 6 weeks and we got a ton of rain mid week.
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  9. eball1

    eball1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    It looks like it could be drought stress. maybe some sort of fungus. does it start near the road? may be ground pearls or nematodes. Just some suggestions. I'm not for absolute sure. It does look like st augustine turf. I don't know about Miami but here in NC I don't see a whole lot of that turf around here but we do have some customers with that turf type. I hope my suggestions helped!
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Take a look at some of the good areas while you still have some. See what color the stolons (runners) are. Should be some shade of green, purple or white. I'm really curious what variety this might be.

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