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What in the world are these?

Posted by GrantGChandler North AL (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 9, 14 at 16:39

Anybody know what these casings are and if they are the reason I have thin spots in my yard? They only seem to be located in areas where the grass has gotten thin or gone altogether.

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RE: What in the world are these?

A "fresher" picture as well

RE: What in the world are these?

What kind of grass do you have that is thinning out?
What is your watering schedule (frequency and amount)?
How high/low do you mow?
How often do you fertilize and what do you use?

RE: What in the world are these?

Bermuda. Water every 2-5 days when green depending on temperature, 1/2" a watering. Haven't watered since Oct. Mow 3.5". Mowed a little shorter, 2.5", after it went dormant. Fertilize on a schedule from local John Deer Landscapes....Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep. Exact mix varies.

RE: What in the world are these?

Grant, what you have -- your "casings" -- are rhizomes of the common blue violet, Viola sororia (or a relative), and a few rather unhappy leaves.

In my lawn, these violets grow in shady areas where the grass can't compete. (My grass in a sort of Heinz 57 varieties -- and if you have shady places, I'm sure your Bermuda isn't happy there.)

RE: What in the world are these?

Thanks for the answers. Shade is likely to be your problem leading to thinning.

In addition to shade, you are watering far too frequently and mowing too high. Search for the Bermuda Bible online and memorize it.

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