The other day I noticed what looked like streaks across my front lawn, the cute little oval I've written about before. My first, nonsensical thought was: Could it be the light? But you've probably already ID'd the problem - sloppy fertilizer application, specifically by hand, not spreader. Why, when I've read dozens of times that we're supposed to use spreaders - any spreader, even the hand-held kind - did I use the gloved-hand-in-bag technique that produced this result? Because I'm special; I can shrug off advice I consider overly fussy and mechanical. Real organic gardeners use their hands right?
See, after years of completely neglecting my lawn I discovered, while researching an article on organic lawn care, that lawns really DO need supplemental nitrogen; without it they get patchy, just like mine. So like the dubie gardener I like to think I am, I applied a slow-release fertilizer in September and the results are in. Turns out it really works - where it's actually applied. Human error strikes again.