New Seeded Lawn, odd colors

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Old 06-07-19, 10:59 AM
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New Seeded Lawn, odd colors

I have a new lawn, seeded and watered. it's coming in nicely, but I notice that there are definite color differences and wonder if it's something I'm doing. some areas are nice dark green, and others are a light green.

Can someone help me with this?
 
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What seed did you use? What else is different about those areas - soil, sun, other plants or trees, ...?
 
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Assuming that new means this spring it doesn't sound that abnormal to me to have some variances, so unless you're aware of some manner of contamination or whatever I would let it go a bit and see how it develops. I've had areas that we've redone for whatever reason that might stand out for a year or so, sometimes more obvious with the dew, or say close to dusk, but they blend together over time.
 
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Did you fertilize? If so then it's probably uneven fertilizer application. It can also be variations in the soil.
 
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When the lawn was put in (yes, this spring) it was fertiized at the same time, but some of the seed and fertilizer was washed away in heavy rains. I will wait a while and add more fertilizer later closer to fall maybe.

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but some of the seed and fertilizer was washed away in heavy rains
So you answered your own question with details that were not know to us from the initial post!
 
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How could we possibly debate here with NO pictures added? I think that would help us answer you question Marvinator
 
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@stacik84 didn't think pictures would be needed. Some grass dark green and others are light green.

Which now begs the question, should I wait til fall to add more fertilizer? Someone once told me that adding fertilizer too many times can burn out a lawn, so I want to be careful. How often is acceptable?
 
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You want to add fertilizer when your lawn needs it. First step is knowing whether you have cool or warm season grass.
 
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I'm told is is FESCUE. Is that warm or cool season grass?
 
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Fescue is a cool season grass. Depending on your location you want to be careful with summer fertilizing. You don't want to much growth as it can encourage some problems such as brown patch.
 
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Thanks. What can I do about the problems I am facing. In the front lawn, I have nice darker long grass around the outside, but toward the middle is short very night colored grass.
 
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Make sure it gets enough water (long, soaking waterings, not frequent light waterings) and be patient. As a cool season grass, fescues need to endure the summer and then will begin growing again in the late summer to fall.
 
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Once fertilizer has been applied unevenly there isn't much you can do except wait. You can lightly fertilize the lighter areas but that's risky this late. Come July and August the grass will be going mostly dormant due to the heat. A high level of nitrogen will force the grass to continue growing which it can't because of the heat so the grass at best is stressed and worse can "burn out".
 
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After killing and reseeding my entire lawn it grew back with different shades of green. I complained to the lawn company. They did not have a good answer except to just wait. That was two years ago. I believe the answer lies in your tall fescue mix, which tends to produce multiple shades of green, however a uniform height. . In contrast, I have some pure blue grass in the backyard which is clearly uniform in color and is darker green than the tall fescue. First make sure you don't have a bluegrass fescue mix which would account for the differences in color. A bluegrass lawn would be all exactly the same darker color but I believe fescues have slight variations. My new lawn has a thick uniform height and thickness which signals it is all fescue. I will accept that that is as good as it will ever look without being a pure bluegrass lawn. Not to be confused but my front lawn is the best lawn in the neighborhood. People stop and stare. So just wait a year.
 

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