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Lawn Care Recomendation Needed

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by kassiabi, May 20, 2004.

  1. kassiabi

    kassiabi New Member

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    I need to hire a trust worthy person(s) to do a little work around my lawn. Something is terribly wrong with our backyard that corner of the lawn just died (literally turned yellow) overnight. If you know of any experts in lawn care who would do the job at reasonable cost, please let me know.
  2. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

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    In our front yard almost overnight too, we had a large yellow spot develop too. Does anyone know about this? Is it sunspotting?
  3. jaeris

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    If it's about 10 in diameter it's probably from a female dog urinating. I have several in my yard where my female dog has gone and the grass almost immediately turns yellow. The only way to avoid is to immediately flush with water after the dog has gone.

    jaeris
  4. neilz

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    I've given up ... it seems that some dogowners around here have no respect for other people's lawns, so I've torn up my strips of grass between the sidewalk and the street, and will be replacing them with flowerbeds. I know, that area is technically VDOT property, however, we are still required to mow and maintain. And frankly, I got tired of a green lawn with yellow polka-dots.



    Neil Z.
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  5. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

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    I have a few small patches of dying yellow grass but the one main one is pretty big - 1foot 1/2 radius. I do not think it is from a dog unless there was more than one. Can I reseed there?
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    neilz New Member

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    Trust me .. if one dog does his business there, other dogs do too. You may be too young to remember the Cheech and Chong comedy bit about the two dogs sniffing around the fire hydrant .. funny bit too.

    Neil Z.
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  7. kassiabi

    kassiabi New Member

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    I seriously doubt that it was due to "couple of dogs" unrinating on your lawn. I don't see anybody bringing their dog(s) to my backyard that's backed to full grown trees to use it as a bathroom. I did talk to a landscaping company and was informed that it was due to grass fungus (spelling right???? ). Due to recent rain in the area, some grassed lawn isn't able to take all that moisture and starts to grow discusting fungus that will eat up grass literally over night. I'm still working with that company to resolve the problem. Apprently I have to re-stripe the whole area and re-seed them and re-ferteraze them and whole nine yards... good luck,,
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    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    Check the dead spot for the potential of rock just under the surface. I have several dry spots and this is the issue. Unfortunately the rock is too large to extract.
  10. sheir

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    For dogs there are pills you can give them to help prevent their urine from turning grass yellow,putting down lime may also help.

    Our front lawn is getting yellow patches and I think it's because of the frequent mowing, I think if the grass is to short it tends to burn easily under the sun. I'm no expert in the matter but frequent watering may help. I'm sure if you go to home depot and ask someone in the lawn care department they could help.
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    funny that this topic came up. Our lawn developed several round yellow (now brown) areas overnight a few weeks ago. Our bushes also turned yellow. I, of course:D, blamed in on my husband's over-fertilizing or something. But, hmmm, I wonder . . . if this is a common problem, maybe it wasn't him. He will be delighted!

    Anyway, back to the original question . . . anyone know a good lawn care service?
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    It's not just female dogs, it's males dogs as well that create the yellow spots. Our dog was a male and our lawn turned yellow where he went. However, I would hesitate giving your dogs any pills......unless you talk to your vet first.
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    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    hummm, has your husband been peeing on the bushes again. They have pills for that you know :)

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    I'm sorry if you believed my reply was about your lawn area. My reply was specifically to hberg's issue. It does sound like you're having fungus problems. I hope they are also putting down some fungicide to eliminate that problem before they reseed and fertilize.



    Neil Z.
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    Most fescues should not be cut to a height lower than 2 inches, it should be cut when it is about 3 inches tall, and no more than 1/3 cut at a time.



    Neil Z.
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