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PESTS | ANTS | CHEMICALS | NATURAL CONTROL
| GRASSES | GUIDE
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|Lawn disease and pest problems
may be as easy to conquer before the grass ever goes into or onto the soil. Sounds crazy
but with all the information available today in the world of grassing the first dollar may
well be spent on a grassing book that describes each species of lawn grass and the
problems inherent to each with pictures if you please.
Reading about the pluses and
minuses of all grass varieties and what it takes to have a truly beautiful or just
ordinary yard coverage is all up to you and your pocketbook and time that will be
allotted. Whether you live in warm season, cool season or tropical climates narrows the
field from the beginning. Each grass species has certain diseases and pests that under the
"wrong" conditions; can exterminate a lawn through a slow death or a rapid loss.
Within each species there are varieties that have been "helped" along and bred
to be more resistant to certain diseases and or pests.
Grasses from Mother Nature were not meant to
be mown but in choosing these species for lawns this is exactly how we use them. With the
introduction to mowing creeping grasses produce thatch and thatch build up and this
condition invites disease and some pests to move in. Bunching grasses dont generally
have this problem. But already you have a choice to make. Bunch or creeping? Climates have
a lot to do with the same problems as well as the soil conditions (whether sandy or clay
or loamy). In the deep south nematode infestations occur in dry, hot, sandy soils while
the north has to contend with snow mold. So you have chosen the grass and sown, sodded, or
sprigged and it is really coming along. It is now time to delegate the
|Lawn Pests -
The Lawn Watcher
LAWN WATCHER. Whether this is you or you
have a service to mow the grass it should be a weekly observation of the condition of the
lawn. And some nightly excursions as well for some insects do their greatest damage at
night. Coloration differences, patchy growth, brown spots or other differences that appear
in an otherwise healthy, maintained lawn mean something is amiss.
Now is the time to get
out that trusty book again and try to identify whether the damage is pest or disease
related? Pests can generally be seen in some form and either in the grass or under it.
Billbugs and grubs are two that will be found under the sod itself and you will have to
cut a section of the sod and pull it back and check the soil. Five or more of anything is
destructive and its time to treat with a killer of some sort. An easy way of
collecting above ground bugs is to flood a small area with a soapy solution for about ten
minutes and the bugs will generally float to the surface.
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