Lawn Dead Grass

I was in my lawn today and noticed a small area that just dead grass laying on an area which was perfectly fine in the fall. Not sure if this was from a rodent or something else. Looking for suggestions and help going forward.

The photos are after I lightly rake the dead grass off.
Thank you


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Hi! My name is Laura Lewis. My husband, Addison, and I have lived in our home in Richfield since July 2017. We one large old tree in our back yard. We are unsure what type of tree it is. We are concerned about worsening bark peeling off the tree. At first we were concerned that our young puppy was causing the damage however after working with him to avoid the tree, it has continued. We also see peeling further up on the tree where he could not reach. We see this occurring around all sides of the tree. I’d estimate that 95% of the branches have sprouted buds over the last few weeks. There are two small branches that appear dead. We are so hoping there is something we can do to save this beautiful tree. We would be so appreciate of any direction for action we should or shouldn’t take. Thank you! The Lewis Family Go Gophs!


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thanks in advance


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