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Feb 14, 2015

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Grub Worm

Quick Facts…

We see Grub damage way less often than other turf damages such as spider mites.

Grubs are a root-feeding immature (larval) stage of beetles, which include the following: Japanese beetle, European chafer, masked chafer, Oriental beetle, green June beetle and the Asiatic garden beetle.

The beetles lay their eggs 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil and the eggs hatch in 2 to 4 weeks.  The young grubs begin feeding on grass roots immediately.  They grow to full size within 3 to 4 weeks.  This is their most damaging time to the turf.  The grubs move deep in the soil for hibernation just before winter arrives.  They come back to the root zone and start eating again in the spring.

Around May, depending on your location, the grub transforms into pupae and a few weeks later they emerge as adult beetles.

Their most visible damage can be seen in the late summer months when the turf is most stressed.

Severe infestations may see numbers of up to 50 grubs per square foot.  Your turf will roll back like carpet & your lawn will yellow and die quickly.

Treatment for Grub Worms!

Usually grub worms are not that large in numbers to severely damage your lawn, so just let nature take its course.

If there are large numbers, insecticides may be necessary to control them. Applications should be done when they are close to the soil surface and before they have damaged the lawn.

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Feb 14, 2015

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Fairy Ring

Quick Facts…

 

Fairy rings are almost perfect 1ft to 12 ft circles that sprout in lawns after prolonged periods of wet weather, often in areas where dead organic matter has accumulated. Old tree roots, stumps or home construction debris, especially sawdust, encourage their growth.

Mushrooms may grow in a circle around grass, forming “fairy rings.” Grass inside these rings can be a darker green and grow more quickly. In some cases, there are so many mushrooms in these rings water cannot penetrate into the soil and the grass dries out, sometimes dying. This leaves a ring of dead, brown grass and another ring of darker green, healthy grass.

Treatment for Fairy Ring!

Fungicides don’t usually kill fairy ring mushrooms in this region but will sometimes help. Spring and fall aeration and several applications of a few ounces of dish washing solution in a gallon of water on the ring will sometimes make the ring less noticeable.

 

While there are many fungi that cause fairy rings, the presence of mushrooms in the lawn does not mean fairy rings will form. Most mushrooms that grow in lawns are feeding on dead organic matter which has accumulated in the lawn. The mushrooms can be mowed off or removed with a rake.

Lawn mushrooms may be poisonous or may cause allergic reactions and should not be eaten by humans or pets unless proper identification shows they are edible.

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Jun 15, 2013

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What to do to your lawn in July!

You should have fertilized your turf already for the 2nd time this season.  If you have not, you should still apply fertilizer at this time!  It is a huge mistake to water more often in the hotter days coming up.  It is better to water less often for a longer duration to get the roots to develop deeper into the soil so the turf can sustain the heat.  Use polymers such as a dish soap to help hold the water in the soil longer for a healthier turf.  If you have brown spots at this time look for rabbit droppings in those areas or have your sprinkler system tested for proper coverage.

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Apr 20, 2010

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Why Aerate?

Why Aerate?

Helps prevent & reduce thatch and soil compaction.
Turf that has less thatch retains more water, oxygen, nutrients & is less prone to disease.
Aerating is more beneficial than power raking.  It helps improve the root zone by relieving soil compaction while controlling thatch accumulation. Soil compaction, in fact, is one factor that contributes to thatch buildup.
Aeration removes plugs of thatch and soil 2 to 3 inches long (the longer, the better) and deposits them on the lawn. Letting the core disintegrate and filter back down into the lawn is the best choice & may take a few days to several weeks depending on moisture and mowing.
Helps prevent & reduce thatch and soil compaction.

Turf that has less thatch retains more water, oxygen, nutrients & is less prone to disease.

Aerating is more beneficial than power raking.  It helps improve the root zone by relieving soil compaction while controlling thatch accumulation. Soil compaction, in fact, is one factor that contributes to thatch buildup.

Aeration removes plugs of thatch and soil 2 to 3 inches long (the longer, the better) and deposits them on the lawn. Letting the core disintegrate and filter back down into the lawn is the best choice & may take a few days to several weeks depending on moisture and mowing.

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