Yellow Grass

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Brento, Sep 5, 2000.

  1. Brento

    Brento LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    My lawn was 5 weeks old and I put down fertilizer in the beginning of August. It was very dark green and growing like crazy. The second week of August, I sprayed liquid weed killer on the lawn. It is now over two weeks later and most of the weeds are gone. However, my grass is now flourescent yellow. In addition, the grass is covered with a orange powder. Finally, it does not appear to be growing much.

    How can I fix this? Can I give the lawn a jump start by throwing down some fertilizer? Should I put down a "Winterizer" or should I use something a little faster acting?

  2. curlawngreen

    curlawngreen Banned
    Messages: 309

    1) What type of grass?
    2) What type of weed killer?
    3) What was a) the air temp, b) the soil temp.?

  3. Brento

    Brento LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Grass is 35% Kentucky Blue, 35% Perennial Rye, and 30% Crabgrass.

    I used Spectracide Weedstop Concentrate. I used 1 oz. per gallon like the instructions said.

    Air temp was 70 when applied. Air temps were below 80 for 1 week. Then were 84, 82, and then below 80 for the rest of the time.

    I do not know what the soil temp is/was.

  4. curlawngreen

    curlawngreen Banned
    Messages: 309

    Not a good idea to apply weed killer to new lawn during first 6 months.
  5. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    As a future note, the lawn should be mowed at least 5 times before applying weed control, if not longer. Iron may help bring back the color.
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    Why not aerate and re-seed. This is the best time to get great results. Try it again, but with no herbicides.
  7. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 675

    Orange powder, yellow grass, time of year - August. Sounds like RUST to me.

    Rust disease needs certian specific conditions to accure or even become visable. It is a very complex fugus. Adequate levels of nitorgen are best defense against the disease. May not keep it from showing up but it will help minimize the effects.

    A dose of nitrogen might help. Fungicides would be a last resort. Usually, effects diminish when the weather changes, thus changing some of the required conditions for it's growth in the first place.
  8. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Definetley rust,hit it with a good **** of N to help knock it down.I have it bad on my lawn too.

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