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white powder subtance on tips of grass blades any ideas

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smcunningham, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    went to mow a customer this afternoon and noticed a white tint to the grass........so i walk onto the turf and look at the grass and the tips of every blade of grass has a white powdery residue..............yes a fert and squirt comnpany services this property also but they were there on monday and today is friday....and it rained cats and dogs since then.........what could they applied that would still leave this residue even after the rain......also noticed that all the tips of the grass looked burnt..when got right down and looked real close 2 the tips.i mowed the property last week with a sharp set of blades first lawn i cut after the sharpening of them actually..so what do you all think???????????????????:confused: :confused:

    held off on mowing it today untill I get everyones opinions will take some pics...if needed/requested
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It is powdery mildew.
  3. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    agree with powdery mildew. The weather conditions here in Carroll Co. ,cool & damp are probably the culprit. Wait for the sunshine and 60 degrees to come at the end of next week or apply fungicide. I'm not an expert though just my experience. Is the property mostly shaded?
  4. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 366

    Since it has rained it might be the salt in the rain left over after it has dried or powdery mildew.
  5. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    the property is full sun all day long, only shade is from house.
  6. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    has it frosted there in the past week? it has frosted here almost every morning in the past week and almost all my accounts have the white tips. i know its not the blades as we change them all the time.
  7. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    yeah i think it has frosted in the past week.......

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