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AlastairSAlastairS Posts: 42
edited June 2019 in Plants
My grass is 1 inch long. I am happy with it but there are quite alot of patches where the grass is white or light brown. I don't know what is causing this. I fed the grass one week ago. Also there has been alot of rain recently. 



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720
    Alastair, You should edit your post to remove the email.  You have an hour from posting to do this.
    To post a photo, use the icon, third to the right of emojis in the tool bar (square box with sun and mountains)

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,040
    If your photo won’t upload reducing the size usually does the trick. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • AlastairSAlastairS Posts: 42

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  • AlastairSAlastairS Posts: 42
    Any ideas?
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    well there are two main culprits. 
    1 the sun is drying the grass out too much. The problem should be pronounced more in summer than winter if this is the case. Apart from improving the soil the only simple fix is using a sprinkler.

    2. This happened shortly after you fed the lawn in which case you overfed it and burned some of the grass. If it has been raining a lot then this is the more likely scenario. The grass will recover and regrow. If this is what happened go easier on the feed next time, uneven spreading can create hot spots of nutrients too
  • AlastairSAlastairS Posts: 42
    Thank you mrtjforman.
    Definitely not 2. I fed 1 square metre at atime and did it properly.
    Could be 1. Though we have had rain for a few days each week for last month or so. My lawn is particularly prone to developing ?thatch(dead white grass) and is there permanently throughout the year. However, this year i have raiked grass, kept it short ,1",  cut once per week so not cutting too much off and fed just 3 weeks ago with good quality  granular feed.
    I will try sprinkler over next couple of weeks to see if there is an improvement.
    If the grass has been  dried by the sun, will the roots still be alive and so watering will cause the white areas to grow once more? Thanks.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,255
    I wouldn't cut it so short. Can you raise the height of the mower?
    The underlying soil may not be brilliant, which means less available nutrition for the roots,and the grass is then reliant on you feeding it for nutrition. Removing the thatch helps to get air into the roots too, which all plants need to thrive. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AlastairSAlastairS Posts: 42
    Hi Fairygirl? Thankyou for your post. I want to keep my lawn short (1" ) for now to see if it stays green and looks good. . I plan to feed lawn 2 or 3 times over the summer. My soil may very well be poor, i don't think i can do anything about that. Happy to receive further comments from you and others. 
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,294
    Though I don’t see it in your photo, it could be red thread which is a very common disease, especially given the wet start to the month. It’s nothing to be overly concerned about.
    Rutland, England
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