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What is happening with my lawn

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by rgn2001, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. rgn2001

    rgn2001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Was wondering if anyone can tell me what is going on with my lawn. These streaks are only on my hill to the front of the house. The back of the house do not have any streaks at all. I fertilize with the scotts program and I primarily mow perpendicular to the streaks. I have attached photos.





  2. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Could be irregular fert application. Did you fert in that direction?
    Take a soil sample too.
  3. C.T. Lawn Care

    C.T. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    The streaks are from not overlapping your fertilizer enough or at all. Remember spread from wheel track to wheel track.
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    First guess would be you recently fertilized with a broadcast spreader. Either you overlapped too much or not enough. The darker areas are basically "more fertilized". The lighter areas should catch up.:)
  5. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 220

    Looks like not enough overlap on the fert. What type of spreader did you use? Looks like Bluegrass, if it is the lawn might be going into dormacy with cooler temps. I would fertilize opposite pattern of stripes at lighter rate and see what happens. It might not green up if soil temp is to low.
  6. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Boy, we jumped on that one, didn't we?:laugh:
  7. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    4 members posting at 6:45pm on the same thread. Good stuff, lots of members here willing to give advice and help out. :clapping:
  8. rgn2001

    rgn2001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    yes I am fertilizing in the direction of the streaks, but interesting thing is that in the back of the house I am not getting any streaks so it seems weird that I am screwing up so bad in the front. I was thinking it was a fertilizer issue as well. I am going to put my winterizer in the same direction as my mowing, but that probably won't effect anything at this point. Next year I will change the direction because that is one thing I do differently in the back. In the back I go in the same direction as my mower. Thanks for all the help.

  9. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Sometimes hills can affect your speed and pattern and you don't realize it. I try to always fertilize parallel to the road just in case I "thin out" a row as well. It's not as obvious from the road.:laugh:
  10. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    Yap! Looks Like the fert.

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