Dead grass

Asked May 9, 2016, 11:11 AM EDT

We have an area in our front yard that has dead grass.The lawn is very green everywhere else. Last year we dug it up and put down new soil and new sod. It was green again for a several months and then the same area became dead after some heavy rains. We think that either a disgruntled lawn service intentionally poisoned it or maybe there is a break or crack in the sewer line that is killing the grass. I was told that sometimes there are students that need a project for their class to figure out things like that. Is this true and if so what do I need to do to make that happen. If not, can someone tell me how to fix this problem.

Harris County Texas

1 Response

From your description, it sounds like you may have a drainage/compaction problem in that spot. You mentioned the area died again after some heavy rains.

Suggestions

  • aerate the lawn to improve drainage
  • if you decide to remove the dead grass from that spot again, apply a 3" layer of expanded shale and till it into the soil to improve aeration
Here is some additional information on lawn maintenance.
http://harris.agrilife.org/files/2011/05/staugustine.pdf http://harris.agrilife.org/files/2011/05/SS52900.pdf

Thanks for the question