Dying grass and trees

MichellersApril 20, 2012

Hi, I'm desperate here. Last fall my grass and lilac bushes started mysteriously dying. One lilac bush completely died and did not come back this spring. This spring all the grass around several of the lilac bushes and around a sumac tree (not bush) is dead. The sumac tree which has been very healthy and growing very well for several years is suddenly dead. It appears it leafed out and then died this spring. Several of the lilac bushes in the area leafed out but are now wilting and appear to be fading fast. I don't believe lack of water is the culprit. Does anyone have any idea what would cause all this kill? I am convinced the neighbor poisoned the area to get back at me for calling the cops on his barking dogs. My husband thinks I'm over reacting. I hope so! I hope it is something silly like grubs or an odd disease.

I decided to come here for help before I continue down the road of blaming the neighbor! Should I collect a soil sample? Where would I send it and what would I have it tested for?

Thanks in advance for all your help.

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I would suggest taking pictures of the problem areas, upload them to a hosting site such as photobucket or imageshack, then posting the links here. I first thought of poison when I read that the grass around the plants in question was dead.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 7:27AM
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Have you talked with the people at your county office of the University of Minnesota cooperative Extension Service about this?
Since the onset apparently was fairly sudden I would suspect a plant poison. That grass as well as plants were involved points to that as well.
Testing would confirm that but may be fairly expensive.

Here is a link that might be useful: UM CES

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 7:46AM
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You asked the wrong crowd a leading question. I can think of three thing off the top of my head that are just as likely, none of which involve the neighbor (who is always a nitwit), all of which require more information to determine a causal relationship. Meaning, just because your neighbor is a jerk doesn't mean (s)he caused your plants to die.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 10:03AM
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