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Old 04-13-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Lawn newbie - dead spots

I must admit that aside from mowing and fertilizing, I've never really "worked" on my lawn before. In my front yard, there is a relatively small area of dead spots that are scattered about. This first appeared last year. Early last summer, I had purchased some grass seed to fill in the dead spots. Some grass came up, but the spots were still largely apparent. Now that it's spring and the grass is in full bloom, the spots look even worse than they did a year ago.

Does anyone know what is causing this? What is the best way to fix it? Here are some pictures I took of the area:


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Old 04-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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with an iron rake dislodge everything that isn't actually grass
I mean go over the entire lawn and *work it*

fill in the spots (and holes) you'll create with some top soil
supplement that with some fertilizer
sprinkle some seed, cover with some straw and keep it moist



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Old 04-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #3
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It looks like your walkway is letting water run off at that spot which might be causing the turf to wash out/erode. When it rains next, look at the runoff. You might need to divert that water somehow. When is the last time you aerated? The ground could be compacted and not let the water soak in fast enough.
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Thanks! It's been a couple years since the lawn has been aerated. I will also monitor the water situation near the walkway.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:55 PM   #5
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Know what grass seed you are planting. Much marked for quick germination contains mostly ANNUAL rye grass and you will only get a season out of it.

I would aerate, water and especially feed and see what you have. Mow a little higher too. Water only as late in the day as turf can dry out before sundown.

Other problems it could be are fungus (especially if allowed to stay damp overnight on a continuing basis) or insects like moths or grubs. Could be moles but not usually in patches like that.

I think you will find a good feeding, raking, aerating and overseeding with a good seed mix will do the trick. Remember that turfgrasses germinate at different rates. Annual rye will appear in 5 or days or even less. Perrenial rye usually takes around 7-10 and bluegrasses and fescues can take 14-21 days or more.
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