Lawn Disease & Insect Control
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Lawn diseases and insects can create ugly patchy areas on your otherwise healthy green lawn.
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Common Lawn Diseases & Damaging Insects:
Most lawn diseases are caused by a fungus that lives off of your grass. They show up as spots, circles, or dry patches in colors that range from yellow, brown, or red. We can help you properly diagnose the problem and find a cure.
Figuring out what symptoms your lawn is showing will help you and your lawn care professional diagnose the problem and find a cure!
Texas lawns are usually only affected by a few diseases, brown spot being the most common.
We deal with some very extreme weather and knowing what works best for your lawn to keep it healthy and disease free is exactly what we can help with.
Brown Patch is most common to Bermuda, Kentucky Bluegrass, Centipede Grass, Bent Grass, St. Augustine, and Ryegrasses in areas with high humidity and/or shade.
Brown patch lawn disease attacks many types of grass and really feeds off lawns that receive a large amount of fast-release nitrogen fertilizer. It is usually seen in the summer and is caused by a fungus called Rhizoctonia. The disease begins to show when temperatures hit 65 degrees, but then grow more actively when temperatures rise into the 80’s and it becomes more humid.
Once started, brown patch lawn disease spreads fast. Brown patch damage first appears as circular areas of brown and dead grass surrounded by a narrow, dark ring. Brown patch lawn disease grows out from a central point so these circular areas can enlarge rapidly. Brown patch circles range from a few inches in diameter to several feet and are not always true circles. Sometimes the patches grow together, creating large irregular dead areas with a sunken effect.
Since high levels of fast release nitrogen increase disease activity, it is imperative to use the correct blend of fertilizers for lawn fertilization during the warmer months. To reduce stress on the lawn, always keep it cut at least 2 inches long, especially in extreme periods of hot and humid weather. If possible, increase light and air by pruning overhanging trees and shrubs. During cooler seasons, a core aeration will help strengthen the root system and allow new, healthy grass to grow in the infected areas.
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Leaf Spot and Melting Out:
Leaf spot is a fungal disease that affects cool season grasses in cool, moist weather.
It appears as a spot on the grass blade in its early stage and can quickly spread to the crown and roots and cause them to rot in the “melting-out” stage. The spores that cause leaf spot germinate within hours and spread quickly across large turf areas. Avoiding excessive watering and high nitrogen fertilizer applications can help prevent leaf spot.
The southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis Barber, is one of the most important insect pests of St. Augustinegrass in Texas. It can be a problem anywhere St. Augustinegrass is grown, causing most damage in the Gulf Coast region and in the southern half of the state.
Expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dying chinch bugs. These islands of dying grass tend to increase in size and merge as insect numbers increase. Damage can develop rapidly, especially in sunny locations during hot, dry weather.
(source Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Lawns)
There are several species of Sod Webworms in Texas but it is the tropical sod webworm that is the most damaging to our lawns. The adults are tan to brownish moths about ¾” in size. They hold their wings out alongside their body when at rest, giving them a triangular shape.
The adult moths do not feed on turfgrass but rather lay clusters of eggs on grass blades stems and thatch from which tiny caterpillars hatch in about a week. The larvae feed on the turfgrass blades primarily feeding at night. They then hide in the thatch during the daytime. (source Tropical Sod Webworms)
Armyworm outbreaks are difficult to predict but infestations seem to occur in portions of the state every year especially after early fall rains. Common species of armyworms present in Texas include: the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda; the yellowstriped armyworm, Spodoptera ornithogalli; the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua; and the true armyworm, Mythimna (=Pseudaletia) unipuncta. The fall armyworm is the insect that causes the most problems in golf courses and home landscapes.
When feeding, larvae strip foliage and then move to the next available food. High populations appear to march side by side to the new food. Thus, the name armyworms has been applied.
Armyworms attack many different kinds of plants. When food is scarce, they will move to plants that are not normally attacked. Thus, armyworms can be found on nearly any plant as they migrate in search of edible foliage. (source Armyworms in Turfgrass)
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