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Old 06-28-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: (WNY)
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My father has yellow patches... more like STREAKS... in his yard. He has a company come and to do his chem treatments and another come to cut the grass and do his landscaping as he is getting too old to do all this himself. He has recently found thise burnt patches that start out as yellow streaks in the grass and eventually the grass is burnt away leaving lines of dirt. There are several and the companies have no idea what it is and are not taking responsiblity for any of it (of course). It would remind you of an animal urine spot or chemical leak but the lines are very long and seems like it would be a Rhino if it is urine, and the chem company doesn't believe it is a chemical. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:28 PM
 
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Could be fertilizer burns from heavy streaking when dropping/spreading commercial fertilizers over the lawn. Then if not watered in thoroughly, at least 6 inches into the ground, the concentration of the nitrogen in the fertilizer burns the grass.
Are they fertilizing by hand and throwing the fertilizer out there? That is what your symptoms seem to show.
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:45 PM
 
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Could be fertilizer burns from heavy streaking when dropping/spreading commercial fertilizers over the lawn. Then if not watered in thoroughly, at least 6 inches into the ground, the concentration of the nitrogen in the fertilizer burns the grass.
Are they fertilizing by hand and throwing the fertilizer out there? That is what your symptoms seem to show.

I think he has the grass sprayed. The company SWEARS it isn't from the chemicals... we think it is...
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Old 06-28-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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Sounds like too much chemical has damaged the grass.
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Old 06-28-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Long lines? Then I would disagree that it is the chemical company. Tru-green and the others are conservative with the amount of chemicals they use, sometimes to the point of doing little more than watering. They also spray in patterns and not lines. The only thing I can think of where they would create lines is if the hoses has residual chemicals on them and are being dragged across the lawn. Pics would help.
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Old 06-28-2008, 05:43 PM
 
Location: (WNY)
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Long lines? Then I would disagree that it is the chemical company. Tru-green and the others are conservative with the amount of chemicals they use, sometimes to the point of doing little more than watering. They also spray in patterns and not lines. The only thing I can think of where they would create lines is if the hoses has residual chemicals on them and are being dragged across the lawn. Pics would help.
I was thinking the same thing about the hose...except a new one just showed up and the lawn guys haven't come in the time frame...
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:25 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Fungus or bugs? Since you have a lawn company, why not ask them what else it could be.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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moles? Any other rodents in your area that dig? I know they rarely stay in straight lines, but maybe this one is OCD?
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Does it appear to be a mowing pattern? If the lawn was mowed soon after it was sprayed, the mower will track the chemical. As one other person suggested, it would be a great help if you could post a picture.
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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moles? Any other rodents in your area that dig? I know they rarely stay in straight lines, but maybe this one is OCD?
LOL!

You got me thinking... You've heard of the lines of Nazca and crop circles? Maybe this is an alien mole. If you see a little satellite dish peeking out of the ground, be very worried.
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