A Tale of Two Lawns
I've been following the organic lawn care regimen outlined in this forum for a few years now, and my front lawn is the envy of the neighborhood--lush and green and gorgeous. My back lawn, however, is a completely different story. This summer it looks about 2/3 brown, a pathetic excuse for a lawn. I treat both lawns exactly the same (mulching mower set to maximum height, alternating soybean and alfalfa meal in the spring and fall), but their conditions are very different. The front is in full sun, the back is largely shaded by a huge Chinese Hackberry tree in the middle of the lawn.
We've had some heat waves lately (as well as some record lows for July), and as the lawn browned, I'd bump up the timer to give the lawn more water. Today I set out some containers and discovered that I'm giving the lawns about 3" of water a week! Could it be that my problem is OVER watering the lawn. (Please see photo below.)
I've also contemplated whether the Chinese Hackberry is either sucking up all the available moisture, or perhaps giving the lawn too much shade to thrive. It's a fescue mix.
Any input on why, despite my best efforts, my back lawn looks so sad?
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