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Hi,

I am having nightmares with my lawn. About a year ago we had the garden laid with new turf & compost etc due to these dead patches around the lawn. A year later, these same patches, in the same pattern have returned! (Pic attached) any ideas?
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Will it pull up easily? Grubs possibly come to mind. Lack of water?

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Thank you!

I have watered it fairly religiously, I just find it strange that the pattern of dying grass matches exactly the of the previous lawn?

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I have also just given it a pull, as you suggested. Just grass that comes up

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Very odd pattern. Stick a screwdriver in the ground maybe something is buried there?

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This is what my confusion comes from. The old lawn, with the same pattern of dead grass, was dug up, rotavated etc. New lawn laid and this pattern has returned around a year later?

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I googled the climate where you are and most certain you have cool season grass. You may get more help with this in the cool season subforum. @g-man

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That looks too perfect of a rectangle. Dig deep in the dead area to see what's underneath.

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I shall go out with a spade shortly and see!

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I agree with buried stuff. Possibly an old concrete pad or similar. Has that been grass as long as you have owned the home? What does the rest of the lawn look like?
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The lawn has been that shape/size since we’ve been here (3 years), last spring because of the similar pattern as per the pic, we had it completely dig up and returfed - a year later, it’s returned to the same pattern/state.

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How deep did they dig?
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Around a half to a foot.

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My guess buried pavers

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Ok - that seems the general consensus... so the remedy? I sort of know what’s coming...

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Dig first. Let's see what's there.

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I did hit what I think is a concrete base, didn’t appear to be slabs. Even worse was this was only around 12cm deep.

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That's exactly what I was expecting to find. The green rectangle looks like an opening. Maybe it is an underground storage/cellar/bunker.

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