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Old 10-14-2016, 06:10 PM   #1
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I mowed the grass and it died.


I mowed the grass about a week ago and it died. I have good drainage and there was no standing water. What could have caused this? Could this be from a dull mower blade? I haven't sharpened it in a year. Maybe I mowed too often? Once every 7 days or so. The grass looks like it's growing back, but would like to prevent this from happening again.

I started in the back, moved to the side, then the front. The biggest part of the dead grass is in the back where I started, then it kind of fades out on the side where I went next, and the front is perfectly fine.
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Seems a bit sudden for a dull blade, but stuff can get exacerbated in the slow growing season.

Never seen a dull blade do all that though.
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Unless you have the mower height set up to "putting green", hard to imagine the mowing had anything to do with it. Height should be 2-1/2 - 3" Would expect tips of the grass to turn brown if blade was dull. One year old sharpening should not be a problem.
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Is it a mulching machine where it left a lot of cutting behind?

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Is it a mulching machine where it left a lot of cutting behind?

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Yes. The mower has no side discharge. Either mulch or bag. I mulched it, but the grass wasn't any taller than normal when I did so.
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I doubt the mower was directly responsible but an infestation, possibly grubs etc. that caused the grass blades to brown from bottom up, and the mower cut off the green that remained.

It'll recover.
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Are the dead area exposed to more sun? Next to the house it would also be getting the sun reflected from the siding. In the front where it is fine, more or less shading?

Do you have access to a state agricultural department or university where they could test the soil. My guess is it is a combination of several factors, but I'm by no means a pro on the topic.

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What kind of grass is it ?
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Are the dead area exposed to more sun? Next to the house it would also be getting the sun reflected from the siding. In the front where it is fine, more or less shading?

Do you have access to a state agricultural department or university where they could test the soil. My guess is it is a combination of several factors, but I'm by no means a pro on the topic.

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The front yard, (which has no problem) and the back yard gets the most sun. The side yard is shaded by the house throughout the majority of the day.

I'll have to look into having the soil tested.

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What kind of grass is it ?
I think it's St. Augustine.
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Here's a quick drawing in MSPaint showing the layout and order that I mowed, which is why I initially thought it had something to do with the mower blade.
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I did a Google search, and it seems St. Augustine Grass is susceptible to Brown Patch / Large Patch disease.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/g...rown_patch.htm

Read the above link or do a search to see if it sounds like what you have.
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I didn't even think about it being a fungus. Thanks! It could be the fungus in the link, but mine doesn't show rings. Also, mine has a straight line near the house which coincidentally is where rain water runs off of the roof. Mine also isn't a small patch of it like they show either, so mine very well could be this on a larger scale.

Either way, I think a fungicide would be a good place to start. I've looked up the 3 active ingredients they list and it seems each product that has them also kills other types of fungus.

Seeing as how I started in the back and then went directly to the side yard, could I have gotten the fungus on the mower in the back and carried it to the side yard?

Thanks for taking the time to find that link.

Edit: I found the home page to that link and read that white grubs happen here during April, May, and June.

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