Why is my Rye/Bluegrass sod only half green?

Why is my Rye/Bluegrass sod only half green?

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Chesterbean – posted 22 April 2005 10:41

Sod was planted Jun ’04 in Indianapolis, IN. It was healthy and green all summer. We accidentally mowed more than 1/3rd of the height and the lawn turned brown. In Sept, the lawn came back, but now you see all of the dried/brown grass along with the green. Now that it’s spring the same thing is happening. Also, the green grass isn’t as thick as it was. My neighbors’ sod is dark green while mine has that brown/green look. We applied fert and water as much as they did. How do I get my healthy lawn back?

Thanks for your suggestions,


ted – posted 22 April 2005 12:21

there’s alot more to this story….

how much and what kind of fert? tell me about watering and mowing techniques.also what’s your weed control products and applications?

cohiba – posted 29 April 2005 12:57


Where I am right now, In southern NJ, the bluegrass is just now getting going. The Rye has been growing for about 3-4 weeks. This could be the reason for the blue not looking up to par. Mow at 2-3 inches and fert with at least 1/2N per 1000sq.ft. Come back in in about 4 weeks with at least another 1/2#. Keep the mower blade sharp and mow often. Hold off on the water to encourage deeper rooting.

Good Luck…………….

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