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My new lawn is dying, please help!! (PICS)

12 years ago

Hello All,

I am a new member to the site--it was actually recommended to me by a friend as a place for great advice... and I'm definitely going to need some!

So here we go... I bought my home about 2 years ago and the front lawn was basically one big weed sanctuary! Recently, I had the whole lawn torn up with a bobcat to landscape and lay about 20 yards of top soil. About 4 weeks ago I planted all new grass. The first few weeks the lawn was looking good however, about a week ago, I began to notice brown patches blossoming all over the lawn. Some of the grass was dying, but the weeds were beginning to thrive again. To remedy the situation, I began watering more frequently, but to no avail, the grass continued to turn yellow/brown. Additionally, I have been hand picking weeds on the lawn.

I am pretty new to lawn care, and I am not sure what to do. Should I aerate the soil? Perhaps the heavy bobcat packed the dirt in too much? Maybe a fungicide? Weed and feed?

A little background information about the lawn:

1. Where you live?

I live in upstate NY, Albany area. My lawn is about 2500 sq ft. The lawn is getting full sun all day except for under a rhododendron bush. By the way, the grass is thriving under the bush, which is strange...

2. What type of grass you have?

I planted two twenty lb. bags of Pennington’s Signature Sun and Shade Mix, for use in full sun to light shade.

The mix of grass in the bag is 34% shining star perennial ryegrass, 34% wind dance perennial ryegrass, 10% Kentucky bluegrass, 20% fescue, and a small percentage of others.

3. What products you have applied to your lawn, and how much? These include fertilizer, herbicide, fungicide, insecticide, etc.

When I planted the lawn I used four 30lb bags of Greenview grass seed accelerator -- it is a a mix of mulch and fertilizer.

4. How often and how long you irrigate?

Normally, I water in the morning, but it has been really hot and humid the past few days and Ive been watering during the day for for over an hour.

5. Is the lawn established, or have you recently seeded/re-seeded or added sod? If so, when?

I started the lawn from scratch.

6. At what height you mow and how often?

I haven't yet mowed the lawn, its been about a month. Should I mow soon?

Here are some pictures of the lawn, perhaps they will help remedy the situation a bit:

If someone could please help me out, it would be much appreciated. I hope I have been thorough enough in my description. If there are any other details you'd like to know please ask!

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