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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 16, 2019

Q. Grass is dying

My grass is dying and I’m finding these all over my yard I’ve tried multiple bug and grub killing products with no luck. What do I need to treat my yard with to correct this problem

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 16, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Those are mollusks, snails. Here are ways to combat them:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/organic-snail-control.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 19, 2019

Q. What can I put on lawn to counteract too much chicken manure?

I have 4 chickens on a suburban backyard. They free range around and deposit manure all over yard. In certain areas the soil is very dry on top (dusty & water runs off) and like clay underneath. Only one type of weed grows in these patches. What can I put on these patches to break up the clay but also make the dusty top soil hold more water?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 20, 2019
Certified Expert
Asked by
jack1234 on
August 27, 2019
Kent

Q. Can i put topsoil ontop of existing lawn, and then re-lay new grass?

I bought a house  off a developer who didn’t put down new topsoil when laying the lawn. Do I need to rotivate it and start again or can I simply lay topsoil on top of my current lawn and then relay more turf?

In addition, I have a squirrel who keeps digging holes in the grass. How do I stop it!!!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 27, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

I would not lay topsoil just on top. I would prepare the yard as it should be done as to not promote root rot from the dying grass underneath. If these large clumps are broken up, and tilled in, then they pose much less of a threat, since it will decompose much faster in that fashion.

My recommendation would be starting from scratch. Another option would be to only fill in low spots, then seed, but you may get less than desirable results.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 2, 2019

Q. during the summer, areas of lawn dies out

Some areas of my lawn die out during hot weather; however, as the weather gets cooler, it grows back. I applied fungicide and insecticide but it does not seem to help. There are a variety of grass seeds that have been applied over the years (sun and partial shade types). Any suggestion to resolve would be appreciated

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 3, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Certain cool season grass varieties go dormant during hot weather. Here is how to manage:
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2007/jul/070201.htm
https://extension.psu.edu/diagnosing-turfgrass-problems

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 17, 2019

Q. I have a small section of lawn that is dry and compacted from summer heat and foot traffic. What are the best steps to resurrect

it? I don’t have the budget to have the lawn done professionally. I would like a do it yourself method, even if I have to rent equipment.
Which products are recommended prior to applying grass seed? New soil, fertilizer, -anything else?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 17, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

If you are going to overseed you will need to dethatch the lawn to increase seed to soil contact. If you want to remove the lawn you can use glyphosate but that will take a couple of weeks and it is getting late in the season. You can rent sod removal equipment for faster results. You will need to buy seed and starter fertilizer. You may need some soil to cover the seed if you completely renovate. I am attaching information for overseeding and complete removal. You can find more information on the Washington State Cooperative Extension website (they charge a small fee for some publications)

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/overseeding-information.htm
http://pubs.cahnrs.wsu.edu/publications/pubs/pnw299/?p-page=1
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/aerating-your-lawn.htm
https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1521/html
https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/dormant-summer-lawns-will-keep-coming-back-green-but-more-susceptible-to-weeds-and-moss/
https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/renovating-the-home-lawn-7-241/

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 19, 2019

Q. white fungus spots growing over new seeded grass bare spots

we removed a maple tree…ground out the stump…added good grade soil…followed grass seed instructions…now have a mushroom/fungus…white spots popping up…they seem to be “hairy and smell like a mushroom.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 20, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Since you are trying to get grass to grow, you may want to leave the mushrooms for now. They actually are beneficial. Here is more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/eliminate-mushrooms-in-your-lawn.htm

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Asked by
jon2tie on
October 3, 2019
Bulgaria

Q. My lawn is normally brown but after rain it has developed green spots. What can I do?

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 4, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

That sounds like a good thing! Green will be a sign that it is growing, and that is good.

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