!! Please help me save my sod!

johnstoneJuly 21, 2013

Hi everyone - I'm new to the forums and I have an urgent problem. I had new sod put down in my back yard about 2 months ago, and everything seemed to start off great.. nice thick lawn. I was surprised at how fast the grass grew... unfortunately i had to begin mowing it much sooner than originally desired because it was simply getting too long (6" +). Anyway, it has been growing enough that realistically i needs a cut about 1.5 - 2 times per week.

I've noticed that over the past couple of weeks, there are some general areas of the lawn that have a lot of matted down / dead grass (please see pic for an example). I think that it has something to do with the fact that they're more of the shady areas, as well as the ground is a bit lower there so probably retains more water.

I don't know what to do to address this, and I'm worried that by the end of the year the lawn will be terrible. Is there any chance that this is actually fungus / disease related? should I spray? should I put new seed down?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated... FYI I'm in southern ontario canada and we've had more rain this season then i think in my entire life.

Thanks in advance.

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As a quick follow-up, i was just out there mowing and this issue has spread across the entire lawn, not just the areas subject to more moisture.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 11:41AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

What is your watering regimen? (frequency and duration)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 12:28PM
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For the first couple weeks i tried my best to water twice a day for about an hour each time.

For the past month or so, i've not watered anything with the sprinkler (just manually some areas around the edges / house), because we've had so much long / deep rain that i didn't want to over water.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 1:00PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

That is good for watering. You want the soil surface to dry completely if you can. Can you take another picture in the shade or on a cloudy day with the camera 3 inches away from the bad looking grass?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:59AM
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