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Old 09-26-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Moldy thatch in lawn?


OH OH....No answers at all. If anyone has an idea about a remedy, I would be grateful.

What is happening to my shady lawn? I think I know some of the answers, but would appreciate clarification.
In late summer a particularly shady part of the lawn begins to get black patches showing between the grass.
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At first I thought these were bare patches that needed reseeding. But no, the are mats of blackened material. I suspect it is moldy, moldering, thatch that is becoming blackened and not either drying out and falling further, or fully decomposing.
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This does not happen in sunny parts of the same lawn. I do not leave clippings on the lawn, although suggested, because I know how quickly these become a matted thatch in both sunny and shady portions. So where is this matted mess coming from. I suppose it is still remants from mowing, or is it actually growing and adding to its own mass in the shade?
How best to rid the lawn of it? Raking right out? moss killer, dethatching? I know that cutting down the shade trees would do it, but that is not what I want to do.
Thanks for any tips.

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http://www.ehow.com/how_4881109_rid-...mold-lawn.html

I found several links when googling 'black mold on grass'. The above link is just the first one I looked at. Evidently this is more common than I knew.

Where are you located?

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http://www.ehow.com/how_4881109_rid-...mold-lawn.html

I found several links when googling 'black mold on grass'. The above link is just the first one I looked at. Evidently this is more common than I knew.

Where are you located?
Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thanks, for the tips. Yes, I think that is exactly what I have and exactly what I thought. Good to get confirmation and now to proceed with the rememdy. Cheers.

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