How to diagnose lawn issues via pictures

elskunkitoJuly 6, 2008

I suspect I have p[oor drainage, but haven't

been able to find pictres of what poor drainage looks like.

I saw one picture that was similar in a book at a store. thats about it.

The lawn is dotted with 2-5" diameter islands of grass,

with 1-2" bare areas inbetween. Its growing nicely though.

soil is 50/50 sand compost, 2-8" thick, over craptacular clay.

Most areas are 4-6" thick od soil.

Lawn is sloped.

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elskunkito

oh yeah, the lawn is 1 year old, planted from seed.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:17PM
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yarddoctor

Dear Elskunkito,

Thank you very much for your inquiry. A drainage problem to me is when you have standing water in your lawn after a rain. If your lawn is one year old, your issues could be still with establishment and subsequent management (mowing, fertility, and irrigation). You need to push a new lawn in terms of fertilizing (nitrogen), and proper mowing will help the turf to fill in thin areas.

Timing on the fertility will depend on your location and your grass type.

Again, thanks for the question and let me know if you have more.

Respectfully

Trey Rogers, The Briggs & Stratton Yard Doctor, YardDoctor.com

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 6:14AM
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elskunkito

forgive me, I am a real n00b. I do not understand your terms.

Though 1 year old, the lawn was off to a shakey start.

>subsequent management (mowing, fertility, and irrigation). You need to push a new lawn in terms of fertilizing (nitrogen),

Meaning give it lots o' nitrogen fertilizer?
Thus far I have given it very little.

It has been mowed infrequently. Is that good, or bad?

Will overseeding help?

only one spot on the lawn gets standing water, wich will be fixed shortly.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 3:28AM
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