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Old 06-08-2019, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Centipede does not like a lot of nitrogen. Perhaps that, combined with the herbicide in the ‘weed n feed’ was enough to cause decline.

https://extension.uga.edu/publicatio...rass%20Decline
Perhaps, but we use Scott’s for Southern Grass, just x1 in the spring, so it should be the correct flavor for centipede.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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Nik4me has an excellent point - overselling. I do it every 2-4 years. I deep core the lawn and then overseed. In souther NJ second week in Sept is optimal as soil temp is up for quick germination and lawn has a few months to establish itself before winter.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Try the method listed here to check for chinch bugs.

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/chinch-bug-in-turf
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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G- do you all do your own lawns or is the lawn cut by one company for those impacted? If, the latter, perhaps a bug that was carried by the landscaper company. We had a weedy, albeit green lawn when we moved in and started to have it cut by a company. We had don't a pretty good job of eliminating the vast percentage of the weeds and suddenly we had bent grass. We finally realized it was the gift that kept on giving across all who used the same company.

Doesn't tell you what it is, but it might be part of the puzzle.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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G- do you all do your own lawns or is the lawn cut by one company for those impacted? If, the latter, perhaps a bug that was carried by the landscaper company. We had a weedy, albeit green lawn when we moved in and started to have it cut by a company. We had don't a pretty good job of eliminating the vast percentage of the weeds and suddenly we had bent grass. We finally realized it was the gift that kept on giving across all who used the same company.

Doesn't tell you what it is, but it might be part of the puzzle.
That’s a good theory, but most of us do our own grass. There are a conspicuous few neighbors whose lawns don’t seem to have it, so maybe they did something we didn’t.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I contacted the county extension service. The man called back today, and he thinks the spots were caused by the drought. It does seem to be a bit better now, since we’ve had a week of rain.

He said to check back in 2 weeks and report how it’s doing. If not improved, he will make suggestions.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:01 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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Do those neighbors who don’t have this issue, have irrigation systems (assuming those who have this issue don’t)?

If it’s fungus. If it’s disease. If it’s bugs.... it’s all fixable with a bag of Caravan G by Syngenta. One bag covers about 5,000 SF, and it only takes one bag to basically eradicate all the bad things in your lawn. It is pro level, golf course loved. Can buy it on amazon or call your local professional nursery. Here in VA, I get it from Southern States Co-op for about $65 a bag. Only need it once a year...
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:14 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I contacted the county extension service. The man called back today, and he thinks the spots were caused by the drought. It does seem to be a bit better now, since we’ve had a week of rain.

He said to check back in 2 weeks and report how it’s doing. If not improved, he will make suggestions.
Thanks for updating
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Do those neighbors who don’t have this issue, have irrigation systems (assuming those who have this issue don’t)?

If it’s fungus. If it’s disease. If it’s bugs.... it’s all fixable with a bag of Caravan G by Syngenta. One bag covers about 5,000 SF, and it only takes one bag to basically eradicate all the bad things in your lawn. It is pro level, golf course loved. Can buy it on amazon or call your local professional nursery. Here in VA, I get it from Southern States Co-op for about $65 a bag. Only need it once a year...
I suspect the one unscathed lawn does have irrigation, although I’m not sure. Plenty of neighbors do, but not sure how much they use it. For example, our neighbors across the street have it, but they spend summers at another house, so I haven’t seen it running.

I’m hoping it’s lack of water and not something requiring chemicals.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:03 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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I see coastal GA. Is this a new build house? I ask because of possibility that there is construction debris under those areas whereby the sun is basically cooking the roots. I’ve seen this happen quite often where contractors don’t exactly clean up the lot very well prior to rolling the sod, and/or don’t use a top coat of dirt to install the sod on. Pretty common hiccup sometimes with new builds. Long shot, but figured I’d ask.

You’ll know soon enough if it’s just drought/heat damage or a fungus/disease/bug attack. If the latter, it’ll spread quickly and take out the lawn. I know you don’t want to use chemicals, nobody does. But think of it like this - you can’t fix pneumonia with just warm tea and honey.. if it is a disease or fungus, it’ll need medicine to correct.

In reality, stuff like the caravan g is actually better to use instead of going to big box store. It’s a one time application, not a few. And it’s a granular and not a spray (sprays are susceptible to wind when applied and tend to wash off instead of dissolve in).
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