Snow In Summer
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snow-in-summer (cerastium tomentosum)

Zone los angeles, 90048 | kathe beltran added on April 19, 2017 | Answered

Our snow-in-summer has brown, bald spots. We have a beautiful carpet of snow-in-summer in the front lawn area. It gets full sun in Southern California (we have a bit of ocean breeze), but there are more and more bald, brown, dead spots. Our neighbor has the same plant but no bald spots. What might it be? Thank you.

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Alisma
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Answered on April 20, 2017

First, check whether your garden provides the best conditions for this plant. Snow-in-summer does best in gardening zones 3-7, while most of Southern California is in zones 8-10, so the weather is probably a bit hot for them (although the ocean breeze probably helps). Make sure your soil is well-drained and doesn't have patches that stay wet for too long. They also prefer poor soil with not very much organic matter, and with a pH between 6 and 7.8.

To fill in the gaps, you could pull out the dead areas and reseed or divide some of your existing plants.

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