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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 3:09 pm 
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It gradually sprung up in blotches everywhere in one section of front yard the last 10 days. Weird! At first I thought it was chinch bugs and did DE twice, but it kept getting worse. So, it was a corn meal blast yesterday.

Anybody else having any issues? This has been the weirdest late summer/early fall that I can remember in my 10 years here!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:01 pm 
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I've noticed a lot of (not all) lawns in my hood with many patches of browning tips over the lawns. I don't remember seeing that before. Of course the few organic lawns are doing fine.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:15 pm 
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Billusa99,

I haven't noticed any unusal (or even usual :) ) browning in my St. Augustine. Considering I've applied no water this year or fertilizer application this Summer, and the grass is being cut less often and shorter than I prefer. I guess I'll consider myself lucky.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 9:36 pm 
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Dchall_San_Antonio wrote:
I've noticed a lot of (not all) lawns in my hood with many patches of browning tips over the lawns. I don't remember seeing that before. Of course the few organic lawns are doing fine.

Just curious, DC... how do you know they are -- or are not -- organic?

Otherwise, Mr. Clean, I guess they just picked me! :x

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Billusa99 wrote:
Dchall_San_Antonio wrote:
Otherwise, Mr. Clean, I guess they just picked me! :x


I hate it when that happens :wink: Good luck getting things back to normal. Sorry I can't really offer up anything of substance.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:48 pm 
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My lawn is about 75% heavily shaded, front and back, and is about 6500 square feet total. I noticed the grass thinning and eventually turning brown in large areas under and around the trees. I tried organic fertilizing and watering only to watch the remaining grass die. Now I'm seeing dead patches of grass in direct sunlight that used to be healthy. Any suggestions for me? Suggestions for inexpensive ground cover for a large area of lawn? Or perhaps just put down shredded bark mulch and forget it?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 1:16 pm 
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There are several good ground covers that work well as a lawn. Horseherb is one that would be a good choice and from what I have read and heard, HG recommends this plant, it is a perennial though and I am not sure you would want that much bare area each winter. Another good choice is the old standby Asian Jasmine. You do see it all over, but, there is a reason IMO, that is because it is near bullet proof, but, has also been known to be a favorite home for Roaches.

Here are some plants suggested on TAMU’s site for the North Texas Area.

Sun to Shade:
*Asiatic Jasmine, (Trachelospermum asiaticum), ht. 1.5', wd. 1'
Japanese Purple Honeysuckle, (Lonicera japonica 'Purpurea'), ht. 2', wd. 2'
*Liriope or Lily Turf, (Liriope muscari cultivars), ht. 1.5', wd. 1'
*Purpleleaf Euonymus , [may require occasional shearing], (Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata') ht. 2', wd. 1'

Partial Shade to Shade:
Ajuga or Carpet Bugle, (Ajuga reptans), ht. 4", wd. 3"
*English Ivy, (Hedera helix), ht. 10", wd. 1'
*Mondo Grass or Monkey Grass, (Ophiopogon japonicus), ht. 9", wd. 1'
Periwinkle or Vinca, (Vinca major), ht. 1', wd. 1.5'
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