Disappearing lawn

Asked April 27, 2019, 9:23 AM EDT

Our front yard is plain brown dirt, happened in the fall.the grass is gone in large sections including median.. What do we do?

Oakland County Michigan lawn management lawn disease

1 Response

Hello,

It sounds like you had an insect problem, but it is hard to tell. It could have been a fungal disease.

Grass is a tough plant and can survive insects if it has a strong root system, enough nutrients, sun, and water.

You can go through the steps to reseed your lawn, then follow the “best practices” that turf science research has shown to be successful

Do you have at least 7-8 hours of sun on the area? Less than that means you will probably need to reseed every spring.

Conduct a soil test to determine how much fertilizer is needed each season-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/dont_guess_soil_test_get_your_home_lawn_and_garden_soil_test_kit_today

Follow the steps to prepare and reseed the bare areas-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/establishing_a_new_lawn_using_seed_e291

When grass is 3.5 to 4 inches high, begin mowing. Best practices research recommends leaving the grass no shorter than 3 inches tall. A long leaf blade means a deeper root system, better able to withstand heat and insect feeding.

Follow the recommendations here and begin following your soil test fertilization schedule-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/smart_lawn_care_to_protect_pollinators

Reference on insect pests and how to detect them-

https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-61.pdf

Reference on lawn diseases and how to manage- http://www.msuturfdiseases.net

I hope this gets you started. If more problems occur, please take some pictures and write us again. You may also call the free MSU Garden Hotline during business hours at 888-678-3464. Thank you.