The Q&A Archives: lawn-grass is dying

Question: We live in a condo and someone else takes care of the law. In the spring they put some kind of chemicals on the lawn for dandelions and weed control. I planted new grass seed in an area where there were bad spots in the ground. I dug up and put down new topsoil and planted the new grass seed for sun and shade. It came up real thick & beautiful. Now it is August and all the grass, not just our new grass but all over the complex, the top of the grass is burning off. So I have been watering my grass and it just laid down and burned up. It looked like it smothered itself. I have a funny feeling that it is the chemicals they put in the ground. The more I water it the grass keeps falling over and dies. The whole complex grass is dying and the dirt is showing now.
Is there anything I can do to combat the chemicals they put in the ground?
Also, what is the proper process to start over and plant more grass again?
Thank you.

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am not able to tell you what is happening to your lawn grass. It might be due to lack of watering or improper watering, a disease, insect infestation such as grubs, or possibly overfertilization or accidental chemical exposure. I would strongly suggest you consult with the lawn care company as well as with your local Penn State cooperative extension staff. The lawn care company should have records of what was applied to the lawn, and the extension staff should be able to help you troubleshoot and once you have a firm diagnosis, they can help you determine how to proceed. I'm sorry I can't be more specific for you.

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