Since we bought this place 4 years back, our front lawn started having, for lack of works, polka dots. First year, our grass is green but not a real bright green. There started out to be 2-3 spots, 8-12 inches in diameter that is a bright, or deeper (?) green. I would love our whole yard to be that green. This year there is probably 10-12 or so dark green spots. It actually looks intentional looking out at it if I did not know better. Feed 3 times a year, spring blend, summer blend, then a fall blend. I water as needed, but this year I have not had to, yet. I'm always used a weed and feed, seems to work, though it does not kill off all dandy lions, it gets the majority of them. Hardy little buggers! Last fall I seeded hoping to have more/better grass this year, seems like it was a waste. Same grass, same dark green spots, etc.
Any idea on what would cause these polka dots? I've checked, it looks like it's the same grass that is in the spots as the rest of the yard. If it were not dark out I would post a pic of what I'm talking about.
There's also a big spot the previous owners had a large above ground pool in. Took myself and a neighbor a couple days to dig out all the sand and some of the soil under that to get rid of the chlorine from the pool. Dumped in 10 yards of top soil and smoothed it out. Grass is growing there, but not well. It's a rough spot to move, well, beats my back up pretty good. I bought a roller and filled it with water, shortly after a hard rain I rolled this around on top of it for a while. It got rid of a lot of the roughness, but it's still there. May need to spread some more topsoil and re-level it some, then roll it again then reseed? This area is right by a big pine tree also.
We do have lots of pine trees on our property, will this mess with the soil alot? I removed a huge pine tree, removed the stump and put in some soil to fill the hole. It does seem the seed has finally started growing there but not as much as I had hoped. That was some Scotts treated shade seed as a big maple tree shades the area most the day.
I'm starting to see a theme here? Pine trees play heck with soil? Don't think that's causing my polka dots, but?
Edited by FrozenInTime, June 12, 2015 - 10:43 PM.