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Joined: 7/02/2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 2
Posted: Jul/02/2011 6:10 PM PST

I am trying to help my son-in-law with his lawn problem. As you can see from the pix, 1/2 of the front lawn looks great and 1/2 is very sick. The weird part is as you can see it almost looks like it was planned this way since there is literally a virtual line down the middle. They have only lived in the house since December.

Any ideas what's causing the problem and how to fix it?


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Joined: 4/29/2008
Location: Westlake, La
Posts: 10091
Posted: Jul/11/2011 10:58 AM PST

Probably best to contact your local extension agency and see what insects and diseases attack lawns in your part of the country.
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Joined: 6/14/2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 201
Posted: Jul/11/2011 10:20 PM PST

To me it looks like some type of fungus kill, turf can get many diseases/ fungi/insects. I am taking into consideration that the tree is providing equal shade on both good and bad portions of the lawn, and watering is also equal on both portions.
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Joined: 6/24/2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 90
Posted: Jul/12/2011 12:59 PM PST

What type of grass is it? Has he fertilized it? If so, what type fertilizer did he use?
It does look like a fungus, and those are really hard to get rid of; possibly brown patch disease. I too, would check with the local agricultural extension service.
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