I purchased my first home last spring...the house was in immaculate condition, but the yard had much to be desired! So now that I'm settled in, I'm trying to rehab the yard little by little. My main priority is the front yard (for the curb appeal, ya know?!).
When we bought the home, the front lawn was very spotty, meaning there were patches of grass and patches of moss and/or dirt. I had my soil tested at a local university and besides having fertilizer levels all on the low side, the main issue was the soil was very acidic (hence the moss issue). I've applied a few applications of lime and I'm noticing the moss is dying.
In the meantime, I've been overseeding and planting grass in some of the dirt patches... It's been working well and my front yard is finally starting to look somewhat respectable (still has a long way to go before I'm happy though!).
However, over the past few weeks, I've noticed that I'm developing a few patches of dead grass in the part of the yard I had rehabilitated. The patches keep growing and the grass looks like it's dead and matted down:
(Sorry for the crummy cell phone pictures!)
For fertilizer this year, I've only put down an application of starter fertilizer, since I overseeded and re-seeded some of the patches where the moss had died.
At first I thought that maybe my dog might have used that spot to use the bathroom over the winter but it has been spreading and she hasn't been allowed to go in the front yard since winter. Then I thought it might be grubs, so I pulled up some of the grass to see what's under the roots...and there's nothing. Maybe some ants, but no grubs.
So what does it look like it could be and how can I correct it?? I don't want to let it sit because I've put a lot of time and money into getting the yard to where it is today. FWIW, I'm located in north central Connecticut.
Thanks for any help!