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Old 06-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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We have some large yellow patches of lawn that have crept up seemingly all of a sudden. This is a tall fescue. We last fertilized in November with a weed & feed (our extension office says fertilizing once a year at Thanksgiving is best). We haven't applied anything to the lawn since then. We have watered once during a recent heat wave but otherwise have seemed to be getting enough rain lately. The photo shows the back, where the discoloration seems more patchy. It seems more gradual in the front and side, with the yellowing being more dispersed evenly throughout the grass. Any ideas about what this might be? Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:36 PM   #2
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down here something like that is usually chinch bugs. I think they extend up north also. Check some links.

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Your extension office might be off.

As as former turfgrass manager my goal was to provide 1 pound of nitrogen per thousand square feet of turf per month when budgets allowed.

Suggesting November feeding would sustain you seems off to me. Unless the food you put down was some encapsulated long life formula.

Do you have a golf course or park near you? I would show up early in the morning you will be surprised at how helfpful the folks working in them can be to you. Like I did, they think about turfgass everyday.
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Also looks like someone used a drop spreader not a broadcast spreader.
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It was a broadcast spreader actually.

Someone else has suggested that it might be brown spot, which looks similar to chinch bugs.

Thanks for the tips and ideas.
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looks like dogs from here
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I would go with sd here, once a year feeding for turf grass does not sound logical to me.

It certainly is not dogs or the spreader
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If the edges are red in color it could be red thread. I just had this in my fescue

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