Over the course of 5 days I suddenly have this brown patch in my front lawn. There are no grubs when I dug up the grass and the roots seem strong. I haven't fertilized since the spring. The only other thing I can think is that we just had roofers out at our house and they ran a gas air compressor. Maybe the hot exhaust was blowing on it? Any guesses of what could be causing this? I live in Denver as well, incase that helps. Thanks for the thoughts!

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  • ....Or the roofers spilled/dumped something?
    – Ecnerwal
    Jul 29, 2017 at 1:54
  • This looks mechanical; not insect, not disease. Could even be a malicious use of a spray of glyphosate. How weird. Anything else that might have happened out of the ordinary in the neighborhood?
    – stormy
    Jul 29, 2017 at 2:12
  • No nothing that I am aware of. Maybe it was the heat from the compressor then.
    – junta
    Jul 29, 2017 at 18:33
  • Was there metal roofing material lying in that location? Heated by the sun, the hot metal would be enough to burn grass. Jul 29, 2017 at 18:57

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My vote is on the exhaust from the compressor. I've seen similar damage to hedges where the compressor has been left too close. Also, the abrupt line with a fade to green at the far end seems much more like heat than chemical.

My recommendation would be to take line trimmer, scalp the area as best you can. If the grass starts to grow back quickly, you know it's heat damage. If it doesn't do anything in say a week, you know you have a different issue. You could also just mow the grass on the lowest setting and that would have the same effect.

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