Grass Problem

brentonbAugust 19, 2014


I am going through the first summer in a brand new home (built last fall) with 'Palisades Zoysia' grass. I don't know anything about grass, but that's what I was told it is. However, I have noticed spots where the grass seems to be dying. It will be perfectly healthy everywhere else except these spots. The whole community (which is brand new and has the same grass) appears to be having the problem as well. Can anyone please tell me what this may be? And if it is know, how to remedy the situation? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Here is a zoomed in picture of it if that helps.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:59PM
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When you pull on the grass, does it come up easily? If so, check out grub worms.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:22PM
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Looks like your grass is wilting from drought stress. Water the area with your garden hose two or three consecutive mornings it will look better in no time.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:04PM
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If you have a sprinkler system and seem to have good coverage in the affected areas, I'd be inclined to agree with Marti that you have grubs or such.

At a glance it sure looks like those areas just aren't getting enough to drink though.

It may not hurt to post this over in the lawn care forum as well...

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:30PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

many times building debris is covered with a thin amount of soil. That debris will absorb heat and burn the roots of the grass. Try digging in those areas to see if that is the case.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 11:06AM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

Check if it's really that dry. Use a screwdriver to punch through in both area. If it gets enough water, easy to punch through. If it's too dry, it's harder to punch through.

If that bad area is easy to punch through, it's not water problem.

Still that grass is much better choice than bermuda that most of us get. :-( Biggest key for that zoysia grass is shade and drought tolerance. Bermuda has the worst shade tolerance.

Here is a link that might be useful: Palisades

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:00PM
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Mine looks just like that when its really thirsty. Water restriction only allows me to use sprinklers once every 2 weeks, so occasionally I have to drag a hose out and give the spots some extra water. I find a soaker hose works well and usually within a few hours the grass will look noticeably better.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 12:44PM
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