Yellow strips in Bermuda Grass

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Date Photo Taken: August 20, 2011
Location: Braselton, GA
Posted By: jgassman


In my neighborhood each summer, there are several lawns that get yellow strips in the bermuda. I cannot find anything online referring to these diagonal strips. In the other lawns, they are diagonal as well. I do not cut the lawn diagonally, so that is not a possibility either. I do fertilize every 6 weeks. It has been quite warm in GA recently as well. Just looking for name/cause of this.
Thank you.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    These are out of the ordinary. Do they occur in the same position every summer? Are they always equal distance apart? Are the lines in other neighbors lawns the same distance apart as yours? Do the lines in yours or your neighbors lawns ever run parallel to the concrete edges of curbs, driveways or sidewalks? Do the lines match the wheel base of any equipment you use on your lawn?

    August 22nd, 2011 at 8:16 pm
  2. Jim Unregistered says:

    Yes, they are only in the front yard typically each year in about the same spot going the same direction. There are a few other houses that have them going diagonally in the front yard in roughly the same spot, same distance apart as well. I have thought about wheels from lawn mower, but its too isolated to just this spot of front lawn. I do not have a lawn service nor lawn care service. The only thing I’ve thought of is that some underground pipes to the house may cause this…but still, its a bit inconsistent. Thanks for reply.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 9:15 am
  3. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Strange! After a good rainfall get a landscape nail or similar tool and probe the area for shallow construction debris: planks, sheet rock strips etc. Objects are often buried only 3 to 4 inches deep and can cause odd shaped damage during the summer months. I would think any piping to your house would be deeper.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm
  4. Alex Unregistered says:

    Wow! I have the exact same problem in my backyard, and it has stumped everyone I’ve asked about it. Found this posting by accident!

    I have parallel tracks about 20-30 feet long, and about 1 foot across — it almost looks like a heavy truck drove diagonally up to the house. It comes and goes in the same spot — right now, there’s no sign of any problem, but earlier this year it was painfully obvious. The rest of the yard was totally green, except for the two ugly yellow stripes. The grass eventually died there, but has come back for the most part.

    I would think by now the damage caused by heavy equipment would be gone (house was built last September). I’ll take Bobby’s suggestion for sure and see if I can find some materials under ground. What worries me though is what could be 20-30 feet long under there — fallen trees that they just sodded over?


    November 4th, 2012 at 10:21 am

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