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Question: well title is self explanatory. I just moved into a new house and the grass is turning yellow because the previous owner never kept it watered. Keep in mind that the house is only 0-8 months old. Just want to now the best plan of action to bring it back to its natural green color.Thank you for your time

Answer: First off I am not certain why your lawn would be turning yellow. This can be caused by many factors including dead grass, or by overfertilizing with nitrogen, or by accidental chemical exposure, or by pest or disease issues, or by lack of watering for example. I would suggest you consult with your local Rutgers county extension to try to determine what is happening and based on knowing that, decide how to proceed.

Initially, at the start of your lawn program, you should run some basic soil tests to check fertility and the soil pH. This will tell you if you need to fertilize and/or add lime.

The best time of year to do extensive lawn work is in the late summer to early fall, so you do have some time to begin the testing and doing any needed soil preparation. In the meantime, you may find the following information helpful as you look at your options.

Enjoy your new home!

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