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NATidefan
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Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Hey, was wondering what y'all thought these lines in my yard are. They showed up during our month and a half drought of no rain. I bought this house this year, so I dont know exactly where the lines were.

I did have the septic pumped when we moved in and the grass had grown back over it, but during the drought died off. It is the bare spot in the lower right corner that you can barely see.

What's the best route to fix it for next year? Just let it grow back? Put some seed and hay down?

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notsince98
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
what type of grass do you have? If it is turf type grass, then probably feed it properly per the type of grass and let it self-heal.

Be vigilant about keep weeds out until it heals.


NATidefan
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Not really sure. Just regular grass would probably be my answer, lol.
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jimbeam
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Someone wrote “Hi” in your yard worth roundup baw


NATidefan
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Lol, looks that way.


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Python
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
I see the same thing in my yard when it's severely dry. It's the drainage line that runs from one yard to the next. I can trace the line almost all through the neighborhood. Maybe you have some piping buried underground.


NATidefan
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Ah, that would make sense. Cause the line at the bottom if the pic runs all the way across the yard. Dont see it in my neighbors yard though. Still, I bet that's it.
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hungryone
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
typically, field drain lines for a septic system show the opposite effect: they're greener & more lush than surrounding grass, thanks to the leaching of stuff from the septic.


East Coast Band
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
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typically, field drain lines for a septic system show the opposite effect: they're greener

That's what I thought.
But the shape of his markings are similar to field lines layouts


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NATidefan
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well. Why would it be dry if its leaking out everything we flush, etc.

The drainage line thing makes a whole lot more sense.


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Sasquatch Smash
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Yeah, definitely shallow soil over a pipe of some sort. We see it when the rains let up every summer in my neighborhood on all properties with a covered drainage ditch along the road.


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Sidicous
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
When we were shopping houses in July I noticed some of isolated locations (isolated as in brand new house in older neighborhood or new neighborhood surrounded by older area) were obviously a rebuild of previous houses. Either the isolated shack that the old owner died and the heirs sold the land or a fire that burned a previous house down.

It became obvious when a partial slab was in an empty lot and parts (2 walls) of a very old wood fence met new wood fence at a location. The slab had a few pipe fittings visible above ground

Is is possible there are some old buried lines there? Lines from previous buildout that were left behind instead of time/expense of removal?


NATidefan
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
No, I'm pretty sure it is drainage lines as someone else mentioned.


ChandlerB03
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Jody just telling you SO Hi baw


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Vacherie Saint
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Areas above underground infrastructure usually die first in drought. Less, deep wet soil to wick up and feed the lawn.


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fishfighter
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
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No, I'm pretty sure it is drainage lines as someone else mentioned.


It is and the reason of why the grass is dying is that the drain pipes are just under the ground. When lay, they dig a 2' wide trench, add gravel, install the pipe with the holes facing down, not up. Then add more gravel. That lay tar paper on top on that to keep dirt from getting into the rock bed, then back fill with dirt.

So, with a drought, no water is getting to the grass above the tar paper. Start watering it and it will come back.


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TimeOutdoors
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
I’ve seen this where people put in French drains to help drain wet spots. When it was dry it killed the grass over the gravel/pipes. Probe it and see if you hit gravel or pipe.


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jmon
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Have these same type lines moving away from an old septic drainage field. No water in the lines and the rough causing the roots to dry up is my thought.


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ScoobyDont
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Are you currently using a septic tank? If the house WAS on a septic tank, and now you are hooked to city sewage, you will have dead grass there during a drought. But if you are still on the septic tank the grass will be well watered and fertilized.


NATidefan
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re: Lines in yard after our drought... Field lines?
Yes, we are using the septic tank.


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