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Q.Common Bermuda General Browning. North GA Late August

Zone 7b | cherrmj added on August 27, 2021 | Answered

Sections of my lawn the grass was thin and the hard clay was exposed. I thought… adding a thin layer of mulch would help the grass and reduce water erosion. I have hard wood and some pine woods in the back of my yard. I gathered a few wheel barrels of leaf litter. Decomposing broad and pine leaves and spread over the area. I then mulched the leaves with the mower. This was done two months ago. About 2-3 weeks ago a general browning of the grass began. Not circle spots. Other sections green. I hand core aerated, step on two cores at a time, earlier in the summer. I water medium once a week when dry. Have been doing in the early evening that I will change to early morning going forward. I also have a lawn service once per month. No additional treatment. I mow to 1.5 inches every 5-7 days depending on the rainfall. Also.. Moles, Grubbs and other insects. So… Was the mulch the main cause? Fungus or mold and what treatment? Should I also address the insect issue? The grass is still firmly rooted with the beginning of greening. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you for all you do!

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Answered on August 30, 2021

IT sounds like a combination of insect damage, overwatering, fungal disease, and clay soils. This combination makes for a dead lawn.

This is going to be one for your local extension service, as your yard may need serious remediation. Unfortunately, this has a likelihood of spreading beyond your property if not treated.

Here is an article that will help you to find the closest extension to you:


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Answered on August 30, 2021

Hello BushDoctor, Still waiting for an extension office reply.
While I wait... What is your treatment suggestions and thoughts..? Please.

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