As we all know, we’re currently experiencing drought conditions and many lawns are suffering from the effects of little to no rain. This can appear as brown spots in the lawn. It is very important to check your irrigation system to ensure proper volume and coverage.
Sprinkler gears and gaskets do wear out. Often we find brown spots in the lawns where the sprinkler heads start to miss and the lawn turns brown. We also have “hot spots” in our lawns which may require us to add a little extra water. This can be done by hand watering those areas.
A common issue we find is when the power goes out, the timer will sometime reset to the factory setting so be sure to double check it. This can definitely contribute to the lack of water and to the brown spots in your lawn.
Here’s George Richardson, Technical Director, to tell you a little more about drought and these brown spots, and what to do if you think your lawn is suffering from it.
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Grass dying this time of year needs immediate attention.
Dying Grass could be caused by a few different reasons. Rich Jones, News Director for WOKV radio in Jacksonville, FL reaches out to George Richardson, Technical Director at Peninsular Pest Control, for answers
Mole Cricket can cause Dying Grass
Mole Crickets do the most damage from late August to early October. There is one generation of crickets per year, with eggs typically being laid in April and May. These creatures are nocturnal, which means they do their dirty work at night. If you have a street light anywhere near your front yard, mole crickets fly at night and they’re attracted to that light.
Soap Flush Test Instructions
An easy way to determine whether there are mole crickets in your yard is to mix 1.5 ounces of liquid dishwashing soap. like Dawn, into 2 gallons of water and sprinkle the mixture over 4 square feet of turf. If two to four crickets appear within three minutes of application, corrective action is justified.
Early damage appears as patchy areas of yellowing grass that rapidly browns and dies if the pest is left uncontrolled. The turf may initially appear to be drought stressed, which is a common misdiagnosis and allows damage to progress, often beyond repair. These patchily damaged areas are generally circular in shape and expand outward as the insects move from dying grass into healthier grass.
Turf in open sunny areas or under drought stress is often the first attacked and most severely damaged by southern chinch bug. This pest also prefers areas that have thick thatch layers because the thatch provides the insect with a place to feed and seek refuge from natural enemies and environmental conditions.