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Old 07-28-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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**I have seen other yard posts as they pertain to our locality, so please leave the post here, THANKS.**

I am arguably in the NOVA area (Spotsylvania)

I have tried the Scotts grows anywhere stuff and the Pennington brand as well (forgot the name).
I tried the sun mix and the shade mix. I can seed the area and it grows beautifully after about 3 weeks of sun and water. Then suddenly after a few weeks and within a day with very little warning, the area goes brown instantly. I know that the area is largely clover, and that is fine with me as long as it is green.

Here is a sample of what I am dealing with.


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Old 07-28-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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bugs can destroy grass roots.
How to Recognize and Control Lawn Insects - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Interesting, but would the grass keep dying in the exact same areas with the exact same outline?
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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Could dogs be peeing there? Definitely has that appearance.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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I heard the garden guy on WTOP say that the heavy and continuing rains for most of the beginning of the summer have allowed a certain grass-root-destroying fungus to thrive. According to him, it is more destructive where people have "over-fertilized" their lawns, though I don't quite understand why that should be true.

We do have a few pet spots, and I have put down a bit more than average insecticide at the right times of the year, but still have lots of these brown patches that clearly aren't pet spots and shouldn't be insect spots. Everyone with a yard to whom I have talked says they have these brown patches too. So I believe the fungus could be our problem -- and yours.

I don't know whether letting the lawn dry out a bit more will also kill the fungus, or if something else is required, but that is what I am trying. I am planning to reseed over peat moss mixed with the soil, once the weather cools this fall and growing conditions are good.

Maybe someone is planning a trip soon to Merrifield Gardens and can ask the experts there.

Here's one article on fungus problems and what to do about them:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-fu...ass-41924.html
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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Interesting, but would the grass keep dying in the exact same areas with the exact same outline?
I'm not an expert but I think they could. We were dealing with grubs and had pretty much the same "dead" pattern for 2 years in a row. Might be worth looking into it?
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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If you think it's grubs, there's stuff called MilkySpore that you can use to get rid of them.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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If you have a female dog, it is likely caused by the dog's urine which can change the pH of the area where she keeps peeing.

No matter what the cause, reseed in the fall and don't bother trying seeding in August.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:21 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I do have a female dog but the area is much larger than pictured. Like 20 times as large in total. Maybe I should check the PH? I'll investigate the organism scenarios and reseed in the Fall as an experiment.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:42 PM
 
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When are you planting your seed?

I had a long conversation (I am originally from Ohio) with our lawn guy about NoVA weather and planting grass. He told me that the only time to really plant grass here successfully is in the Fall. The Spring plantings don't have enough time to establish root systems before getting too hot and drying out in July/August. I would recommend laying down some nice top soil on top of the ground in the picture and planting seed again in early September. Good luck!
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