new lawn with patchy spots

KonquestAugust 7, 2014

Hi all,

Just moved into my new house a month ago and been trying to get the lawn in shape. The builder put the sod down a few months ago and some dead spots have been popping up in the lawn. A few pics:

It's been raining a decent amount here in Houston but the weather has been pretty hot 90+. Also I have noticed that the some of the grass has very long roots. Is there a few things you guys can recommend to get the lawn in better shape?


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Strange. I'm from Houston. It has not been raining very much at my house. It's been blazing hot though and most people's yards are starting to look terrible.

My first thought would be to ask what your watering schedule is. Some people insist on watering every day for whatever reason. Guy across the street from me moved into his new house a couple months ago. He waters his lawn every night. Being a new lawn I think he's getting away with it for now. He will eventually have root rot and a weed and crabgrass infestation.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 1:18AM
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I try to water once a week for about 45 minutes with a sprinkler. Is that enough or should I increase the watering time?

And is there a good method for repairing these patchy spots? I see Home depot and amazon sell some grass seed mix but I'm not sure that will be a good solution.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:41PM
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You have St. Augustine. You would need sod. So the seed would not do much good.

Try poking it with a flat blade screwdriver. It should go in a few inches. If not, its too dry and you need to increase watering. St. Augustine is thirsty. Also have you put any fertilizer down?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 1:04PM
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