I have had two specific challenges that made me want to quit, but I powered through and it felt amazing. The first challenge was/is a struggle with Poa trivialis. The pride of most DIYers is an even, DARK, luscious canopy and with Poa trivialis that goal cannot be achieved. I have thrown everything possible at this problem but have failed to come out on top. At this point, I’m just embracing what is and trying to work with it. It’s a beautiful grass, but that lime green color is the one thing that makes it undesirable.
The other issue taught me a valuable lesson. Things were going along great one season and then out of the blue, all of my grass started to have this grayish-black haze over it. I scoured the web for answers to the problem but there was nothing that I found to help. I decided I would stop throwing product on it and just water, watch, and wait. After about 2 weeks, the lawn started to recover. Being patient with lawn care is not easy, but it was necessary here. Ultimately, I realized my problem was likely too much product being put down and not enough water. During my 2 week wait, I measured my irrigation and found that I was definitely underwatering the lawn. Patience is a necessity.