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Lawn Care Guide: Common Lawn Problems Q&A



Q. Last year my lawn was full of weeds. What should I use to keep this from happening again?

A.Consider using a pre-emergent weed and grass control, like Southern States Premium Crabgrass Control or Southern States Premium Early Spring Lawn Food with Crabgrass Control. Applied once in the spring, it attacks annual weeds before they appear above ground.

A post-emergent weed control, such as Southern States Premium Broadleaf Lawn Weed Control, can be applied anytime during the growing season. It attacks the young weed plants before they can overrun your lawn.


Q.
What could be causing the brown patches in my lawn? Should I be concerned if my lawn looks discolored or rusty?

A. It sounds like your lawn is a victim of disease caused by fungi that live in the soil. The best defense against disease is a good offense – plant disease resistant grass varieties, water properly and mow at the correct height. Here's a description of common lawn diseases:

Common lawn diseasesDollar Spot: Jun.-Sept. Round straw-colored spots ranging in size from a quarter to a silver dollar. Spots may run together to form large dead areas.

Leaf Spot
: Apr.- Oct. Oblong brown leaf spots with dark red or purple borders. Causes a yellowish cast to turf. Generally does not occur in patches.


Brown Patch
: Jul.- Aug. Rough circular brown patches up to several feet across. May cause bare spots in affected areas.


Powdery Mildew
: Jul.- Oct. White powdery growth on leaves. Appears "frosted". Infected leaves yellow and die.


Rusts
: Jul.- Oct. Small orange spots on leaf blade develops into a complete reddish discoloration. Affected plants die.


Red Thread
: May- Oct. Pink/red thread-like growth at ends of leaves. Leaves turn brown and die.

SOLUTIONS? See the professionals at Southern States to solve problems in your lawn. Our expert advice is always free.

Disease photos © Richard Latin, Purdue University.

Q. I pulled up some dead grass in my yard and discovered white bugs in the soil. What are they? How do I get rid of them?

A. They could be grubs (various larvae of beetles) feeding on the roots of your grass. To control them and other insects, use a lawn insecticide such as Grub Control with Dylox®, Bonide® Ant, Flea & Tick Killer or Sevin®. Apply during late summer and early fall. To discourage surface-feeding insects, water your lawn adequately.


Sevin® and Dylox® are registered trademarks of Bayer Crop Science.
Bonide® is a registered trademark of Bonide Products, Inc.


Apply Spring (February–March)
Crabgrass PreventerPremium Crabgrass Preventer with Dimension®
With Dimension®

  • Contains Dimension for pre and postemergent control of crabgrass
  • Contains iron for deeper green color
  • 1 application controls crabgrass all season long
  • Stops crabgrass before it starts in established lawns

5,000 sq. ft. coverage, #102-05859
15,000 sq. ft. coverage, #102-05858

 

Apply Spring (March–May)
Premium Broadleaf Weed Control with Trimec®Broadleaf Weed
Control With Trimec®

  • Contains Trimec weed control
  • Controls 190 broadleaf weeds in home lawns
  • Fewer weeds mean a more luxurious lawn

5,000 sq. ft. coverage, #102-05328
15,000 sq. ft. coverage, #102-05857


Trimec® is a registered trademark of PBI/Gordon Corporation.
Dimension® is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences, LLC.


Common Lawn Destroying Insects

Grubs

Grubs: Various larvae of beetles feed on the grass roots. Generally white, C-shaped, with brown heads and three pairs of legs near the head end.

Lawn Symptoms: Large dead patches can easily be pulled up in sheets and grubs can be seen in the soil.



Chinch BugsChinch Bugs
: Small black bugs with white wings and red legs.

Lawn Symptoms: Brown dead patches in sunny areas of lawn. To test for chinch bugs, take an empty coffee can, cut out both ends and plant it in the soil about 2 inches deep. Fill the can with water. If present, chinch bugs will float to the surface in about 5 minutes.



Sod WebwormsSod Webworms
: Larvae of moths, either brown or gray, 3/4 inch long eat the grass blades. They do most of their feeding at night.

Lawn Symptoms: Brown spots with an irregular shape. If unchecked, spots may run together to form large brown patches.



BillbugsBillbugs
: Dark gray to black with prominent snout.

Lawn Symptoms: Most often found in bluegrass. Larvae tunnel inside the grass stems to reach the roots, killing the grass in defined patches.

SOLUTIONS? See the professionals at Southern States to solve problems in your lawn. Our expert advice is always free.

*Insect Photos ©Tim Gibb, Purdue University.

 

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