Dead grass

forensicmomSeptember 30, 2013

For the past two summers, our front yard gets this dead patch of grass in the same shape, in the same spot.

The blades do not have spotting or discoloration like other diseases.

I have checked the soil for grubs but only found 1 or 2 over a large area.

I have no idea what is causing this or what to do about it. Any ideas?

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forensicmom

I forgot to add a picture

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 2:48PM
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tiemco

Is the dead area totally random in shape, or is it more or less circular? Have you ever tried sticking a 6 inch screwdriver in the soil in the areas of brown grass? If it meets resistence after a few inches it might be a rocky ledge or an area of rocky fill that was applied to the lawn at some point in the past. This can often cause the grass to dry out much faster than the rest of your yard.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 9:44PM
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forensicmom

Tiemco - It is a semi-circle pattern and it's been the same shape and place for the last 2 years. The lawn looked wonderfully green and lush for the past 20 years, until last year, so I doubt there is rocky soil.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 6:13AM
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tiemco

OK, looks like you have a fairy ring. Fairy rings can form areas of dead grass, especially in hot dry summers.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 9:06AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Where do you live?
How have you been watering?
Do you rake the area?
What kind of grass do you have?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 6:05PM
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