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Old 06-13-2008, 06:57 AM
ADR ADR started this thread
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Ok. In March and April when we had all the rain my lawn looked great. I have fescue and it was plush and green. I had aereated it and fertilized and all was good.

Now after 2 weeks of 90-100 degree heat and only being able to water once a week it has crashed and burned.

How do I know if my brown deadish looking lawn is from water deprivation and heat alone or if I have critters or fungus or something else going on.

Also, is it most likely dead or does fescure go dormant and come back?

Any suggestions?

I know you can't fertilize in this heat due to burn and you can't overseend anymore( I already did that in early spring), but isn't there like a Miracle Grow water soluble lawn spray? Is it any good.

Or am I just doomed to a brown lawn until the fall?
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:09 AM
Location: Crown Town
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Bumping this one up. I have the same problem. My yard looks like Iím growing a miniature wheat farm. Iím thinking of running the sprinklers more frequently and taking my chances with a water fine, but Iím not sure if that would even help. If anybody has any suggestions, please share.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:17 AM
Location: Charlotte,NC, US, North America, Earth, Alpha Quadrant,Milky Way Galaxy
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What kind/type of fertilizer are you guys using? I think fescue isn't going to hold up well in the heat, but it's not dead. Are you watering in the evenings so it doesn't burn off? I'll tell you this, I'm using an organic fertilizer (yes that's an oxymoron), it took a while but now (my bermuda grass) is nice and has a deep green to it). Also if your lawn is less than two years old it may not have taken just yet.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:18 AM
Location: Cornelius
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Organic Plant Health Care in Matthews has a product to help fight pests and makes your lawn green. It's to be put out in June.

As far as your brown fescue, it's likely gone dormant. Mine is still trying to hang on and I haven't even been watering the back yard (kudos to OPHC). If we get dumped on for a few days and you apply that product, you'll likely get green back.

Towards the latter part of the drought last summer and before I used OPHC, mine was thin, sickly, and browning, but it all came back in the fall save a few patches.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:48 AM
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I have the same problem. I also had the same problem last year. I was told by my landscaping guy that it just goes dormant in the heat and comes back when it cools off. Last year I did not water at all and my grass survived just fine. I was told that grass like anything builds up a tolerance to little watering. I was also told by him that most of his customers that had trouble with dying grass was due to them watering too often. He said the more you water the more dependent your grass becomes. Don't know if that is accurate, but it seems to make sense, and has proven true for me anyway.
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