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by ceeview on October 03, 2006 07:01 AM
This lawn issue is incredible! My back and front yard lawns are lush...well...the back is because brown patch is spreading in the front. I purchased Scott's Fungal Disease Control today but I haven't spread it yet because it was windy. for the 'cart before the horse' it too late to apply this? I was expecting to put down the Scott's Winterizer but something needs to be done about this first. What are your thoughts?

by johnCT on October 03, 2006 07:56 PM
I would be more interested in determining what the cause of the infection is. There were conditions present that enabled the disease to take hold. Usually damp or wet conditions or poor weather(which we've certainly had in CT this season) increase the likelihood of disease. Some varieties are much more prone to disease damage than others. Basically, my point is, you can't just kill the fungus and not expect it to come back if you don't fix the cause of the problem.

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John - Zone 6
by ceeview on October 04, 2006 03:42 AM
Thanks JohnCT...

Point well taken. You're correct....we've had very wet conditions and I've argued with my lawn crew that they cut the front yard too close. As you can assume, my front yard seems to be my nemesis because it seems to have the problems more than the backyard. Anyway...I wasn't home last Saturday but after I returned home, I discovered that the lawn crew mowed the lawn and I saw that it had rained earlier that morning. Could this be the problem?


by johnCT on October 04, 2006 07:53 PM
Doubtful. The fungus couldn't take hold that quickly. However, I would insist that they cut the turf higher or find someone else. Mowing high is one of the BEST cultural practices you can do for turfgrass. 3.5" should be the minimum height. Another thing about lawn disease problems. It is very difficult for disease to establish itself on healthy turf, so that should be priority number 1. What type of turfgrass is it btw?

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John - Zone 6
by ceeview on October 08, 2006 10:49 PM
Good Morning johnCT...

We have Canadian Green...a mixture of the following:

Creeping Red Fescue
Kentucky Bluegrass
Annual Ryegrass

The backyard is's just portions of the front where we're having the problem.


by ceeview on October 15, 2006 06:40 AM
Here is a picture I took today of my front yard. Take a look at it and tell me what you think it is. Once you decide that, do you think it's better for me to just winterize as usual and wait for springtime to overseed?

by johnCT on October 16, 2006 05:47 AM
It's almost impossible to tell from a picture what caused the problem, but I can tell you that it is too late for this year to seed. Wait til spring.

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John - Zone 6
by ceeview on October 22, 2006 05:43 AM

Thank you for responding. I thought as much since the temperatures are now bouncing from 60 degrees to high forties every other day.

I did communicate with our County Extension office and they've asked me to bring in samples of both front and backyards. I should have done this some time ago but they were doing okay.

I'm curious to see what they find simply because this way, I won't contribute to the problem.


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