Thinning & Dead Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Henderson, Ne
Question by ch3vynova72
May 13, 2009
I planted tall & short fescue & kentucky blue grass in October. It was green & doing great. About 2 months ago, part of the grass has thinned out & there are areas of dead yellow grass. I fertilized it 1 month ago to help it, but it didn't help. I water in the a.m. There is a tree in the yard, but the grass gets full sun, no shade. Do you know what the problem might be?


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Answer from NGA
May 13, 2009

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You planted a mixture of grasses which will keep your lawn green for most of the year because the mixture contained both cool season and warm season grasses. Right now the fescues are going dormant because the weather is getting warm and the bluegrass is thriving in the heat. As the weather cools in the fall the bluegrass will brown out but the fescue will turn green. You can overseed with more bluegrass to help your lawn green up for the summer months. Eventually your lawn will have a better mixture of warm and cool season grasses and it will remain greener longer during the season. A new lawn just needs time to get the right combination of grasses so it can look its best.

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