Take a look at the photo. That is a picture of my front lawn. We have a problem.

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It is so good to know we are not alone!

Take a look at the photo. That is a picture of my front lawn. We have a problem.

On tonight's 6 pm. news, I mentioned the yellow and/or brown spots that showed up all over our yard late last week. We noticed our neighbors' lawns were covered with the same type of spots as well.

After the mention, I started getting quite a bit of chatter on my Twitter feed (@BetsyKling) and on my Facebook pages from people all across Northeast Ohio who also have the same problem.

I put out the call for help and sure enough, the fine folks from the Ohio State University Department of Plant Pathology have the answer. Many thanks to Ron Hammond (an OSU entymology professor) for pointing me in the right direction!

According to Ohio State Plant Pathology's Joe Rimelspach, the pattern that set-up these troubles started about two weeks ago. We had some warm weather that got the grass growing (some folks have even mowed!). Then last Tuesday we had a severe cold snap (temps dropped into the teens and 20s). The tender, new grass was damaged by the cold air - most notably the tips of the blades. The radical looking spots may be caused by various clumps of grass sustaining more damage than others.

The best news of all is that this is temporary! The roots of the grass are most likely not damaged at all and the blades will continue to grow. It may take a few weeks and a few mowings, but the lawn will recover.

I've heard from a few landscapers who said this is the worst they have ever seen it.

This has been one heck of a winter (and spring) hasn't it?

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