The Q&A Archives: Bare Spots in Bermuda Lawn

Question: My bermuda lawn has bare and thin spots all throughout. It seems to be getting worse by the week. It gets watered twice a day in the early and mid morning. I put a fungus treatment by Scotts on it a week ago, but I see no improvement. HELP!

Answer: If you used a fungicide and it didn't help, there may be some other condition causing the bare spots. You didn't mention how often or when you fertilize and whether or not there's a build up of thatch. It may be that your turf needs to be aerated or dethatched so that the water you are applying can penetrate deep into the soil. Try digging up a piece of turf with your shovel. Check the thickness of the thatch (over 1/2 inch should be dethatched or core aerated). Also check to see how moist the soil is. Moisture should travel down a good 8-12 inches. If not, you should run your water for longer periods of time but less frequently. (Daily watering is excessive, even in hot summer weather.) Bermuda likes water but will get along with a deep soaking every 3-4 days in the summer months. Hope this information helps you determine just what your lawn needs to remain thick and green!

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