Can anyone help me rest easy?

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Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by jhealy748 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:09 am

I have been worried about my new grass for a little while now. I keep thinking it is just looking this way because it has been snowed on a couple times and has been quite cold a few times. The weird thing is it looks like it is turning a rusty color over some sections of the lawn. It doesn't come off like I think that rust does so I don't believe that is what it is . My only thought is that I am on a well that is fairly high in Iron so that may be it but I haven't watered in months. The grass isn't growing anymore but also isn't really turning brown like I would expect either? Not that I mind that it just seems weird to me. Please let me know if anyone can reassure me that everything will be fine in the spring!
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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by Green » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:15 pm

It could be rust or another disease...I have rust still, and it looks similar.

Here's the good news: Rust disease slows down in the cold. It's not going to damage your grass anymore than it already has. It'll be fine in Spring. I see very little actual orange stuff (active disease) in mine right now. Mostly just brown leftover.
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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by ArtOfWar626 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:29 pm

Your soil looks really hard. Could that be it?

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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by g-man » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:59 pm

Most likely, desiccation damage.

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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by ArtOfWar626 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:20 pm

ArtOfWar626 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:29 pm
Your soil looks really hard. Could that be it?
A newb response by me... :lol:
g-man wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:59 pm
Most likely, desiccation damage.
A veteran response from g-man who knows exactly what he's doing! :mrgreen:

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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by jhealy748 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:12 am

Ok so it sounds like I shouldn't worry too much this winter but keep an eye on it in the spring for possible rust and get my watering right. It's so hard to not go out and try and mow the rust color off the top when the snow melts! haha Thanks for the help as always guys this place is really been helpful with everyones knowledge!

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Post by jcs43920 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:13 am

The dirt in your yard looks as hard as a rock. I think that’s a big part of your problem. Looks to me like you need to ariate and top dress with some compost, as well as getting some water on it every now and then.

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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by jhealy748 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:27 am

Part of the issue in the picture was that I just seeded it and that was an area that actually got over watered quite a bit and i couldn't really get the sprinklers adjusted to avoid it. I do have a fairly heavy clay content and plan on aerating every fall for sure but overall most of the dirt was topsoil just put back in so it is quite soft and still kind of settling. I do have underground sprinklers but due to a really early freeze I had to blow them out in early october so it was somewhat water deprived by this point. The entire project was definitely a whirlwind this fall and new construction forced it to all happen at once so I definitely still have quite a few soil amendments that need to happen this coming summer. I mostly just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to have to start over next year.

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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by pennstater2005 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:44 pm

That is KBG you seeded, correct. It will spread and fill in nicely with fertilizer and water. I wouldn’t worry too much.
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Re: Can anyone help me rest easy?

Post by jhealy748 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:31 pm

Yes its 100% KBG. I cant wait for this spring to watch it all come together!

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