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Question: We have an acre of property, which is entirely grass. We take great pride in our lawn and try to maintain it as much as we can by using fertilizer and seeding and watering it regulary. In spit of this we still have these yellow spots scattered around the lawn which are ugly and we just can't seem to get the grass to grow in.
They appear to be drought stricken areas although the rest of the lawn is ok.
Do you have any advice as to how to get these yellow patches to fill in and to keep our lawn looking nice and thick and green during the summer months?
Thank you.

Answer: Unfortunately, it is very difficult to diagnose lawn problems long distance. This could be caused by a variety of factors in cluding pest or disease issues, uneven watering patterns, or even underground problems such as tree roots, shallow soil due to underlying rock, or inconsistent fill dirt under the lawn. I would suggest you work with our local Cornell cooperative extension to try to determine the cause of the discolored areas and work from there. In the meantime, you may find their troubleshooting/lawn calendar information helpful. Some additional steps to general lawn health to consider might also include a higher mowing height, regular top dressing with compost, and core aeration. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

I hope this helps.

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