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#312534 - 06/28/10 10:17 PM I need help with my lawn
Potatohead Offline

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 670
Loc: Vancouver
So, my lawn IMO is just doing ok. I, like most people, want a nice green lawn, and I do spend some time on it so I would like it to look nice.

About three weeks ago it was just kind of "meh" and only looked a semi healthy, and a little thin. So, I fertilized it. Now, about 80% of it is super lush and green and grows like mad. Problem is, some parts didn't really change, and are still a bit yellow and green. A few small spots I guess I put too much fertilizer and it turned brown (oops) but I have been watering those areas like crazy. For all I know the people walking their dogs are letting them pee on there too mad

So, here is the front patch by the road: Keep in mind I JUST cut this and the dark green areas grew about 2" in 4 days.

Now, the backyard is a little better.

The part above the wall I did not fertilize, so that is what it all looked like before. The part below, has been fertilized. The backyward does not have as many yellowish patches as the front, but has one largish one.

Here is the nicest part in the backyard which I only cut 4 days ago, and it's grown a ton:


Should I apply more fertilizer to the yellow areas? I actually did once already but it didn't seem to do much.

Should I just dig up the brown spots and start over with mulch/fertilizer/sand or will they recover?

Thanks everyone grin

#312540 - 06/28/10 10:39 PM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: Potatohead]
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Registered: 12/27/08
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I would rake out the brown grass, reseed it, put some black soil over the patches, and water it twice a day. You can't fertilize dead grass! Also, you should keep an eye on these patches, hopefully you don't have grubs. If the grass pulls out easily with no roots, you've got grubs...or you can put a spade into the ground and turn over the soil to check.
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#312544 - 06/28/10 11:53 PM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: Adrian]
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#312565 - 06/29/10 01:53 AM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: ClubNeon]
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Those patches out front do look like burn patches from dogs to me. You could try googling for some remedies. I usually just dig them out and seed or buy a roll of sod and cut to fit the area as required.


#312591 - 06/29/10 05:05 AM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: jakewash]
RickF Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
I don't know if you guys have County Ag Extension offices or something similar in Canada but if you do you can take medicine jar sized soil samples from the concerned areas around the yard and they can test the soil and tell you what you need to treat the affected area with ... which, if it were my guess I probably say a manganese or other similar type mineral.

Way down here in south Florida another concern with yellowing like that would be an insect or worm issue, which is often mistaken and mistreated as a fungus.
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#312597 - 06/29/10 07:38 AM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: RickF]
CatBrat Offline

Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 6015
Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
Looks much better than my lawn. There are spots I just can't seem to get grass to grow at all.

#312619 - 06/29/10 11:01 AM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: CatBrat]
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4082
Loc: Up yonder
I'm no lawn expert, but I have had yellow spots on my lawn before. They were a result of burning the areas with too much fertilizer. Or, at least that's what a friend of mine told me.

My next lawn will be washed rock, concrete or asphalt.

#312708 - 06/29/10 03:36 PM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: jakewash]
a401classic Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1269
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Originally Posted By: jakewash
Those patches out front do look like burn patches from dogs to me. You could try googling for some remedies. I usually just dig them out and seed or buy a roll of sod and cut to fit the area as required.


If you see a dog relieve himself on your lawn, heavily water that spot asap. Urine is comparable to a 500:0:0 fertilizer.

The problem with most fertilizers is that they also make the grass grow super fast, which translates into more cuts. Not so bad with a small area, but on the acre I've got, it's a huge time sink.



#312725 - 06/29/10 04:40 PM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: a401classic]
Potatohead Offline

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 670
Loc: Vancouver

Well, I applied a little bit more fertilizer to the areas that kind of stayed a bit yellow and aren't growing as fast as the green lush areas. I don't think it got like that from applying too much fertilizer because it's basically exactly how it was before I did anything. If it's still like that in a week or so, I am not really sure what to do then, I will have to look into it some more.

I ripped out the four or five small brown areas I had in the backyard (one where I spilled some stain cry) and used that patch repair mulch/seed stuff you can buy, so we'll see how that goes. If it doesn't work I will get a roll of sod as suggested and just cut it to fit, I wish I would have thought of that before.

Edit: Apparently it's bad to cut your lawn too short too, and makes it grow fast and uneven. I have my mower set to the second lowest setting, I guess I will try it higher and see.

Edited by Potatohead (06/29/10 04:46 PM)

#312787 - 06/29/10 11:36 PM Re: I need help with my lawn [Re: Potatohead]
Nachosgrande Offline

Registered: 09/26/06
Posts: 263
Loc: New York
I recommend adding lime to green up the lawn, it's a ph balancer for poor soil. Also, for getting rid of animal urine, add baking soda with water and apply to affected area. It helps to offset the acid in the urine. It really worked when my old dog would relieve himself on the front lawn as soon as he left the house to go for a walk! Hope these ideas help!

For adding spot seed, use a mix of perennial ryegrass and kentucky blue grass. The rye will germinate faster than the bluegrass, which needs minimum of 2 weeks.

Edited by Nachosgrande (06/29/10 11:38 PM)
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