Imagine all of the fun, engaging activities you and your family use your lawn for. Fun such as playing in the sprinklers, gymnastics, running, tag, and more. Unfortunately, this family fun is often interrupted by the most irritating existence on the planet – pests and lawn disease. Lawn pests and lawn disease can ruin your soil and damage your lawn if left untreated.
You will want to arm yourself with the knowledge of each damaging bug and each type of lawn disease so that you’ll know which ones are just in your way and which ones you’ll want to do something about. Some insects and fungi can be frightening but carry no real threat, while others are quite harmful to your soil.
Heat Stress/Drought Stress
Just like humans, your lawn can become stressed and dehydrated under the summer heat. The problem can worsen from climates with high humidity in addition to the hot temperatures. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if your turf is browning it’s under stress. Some more specific signs of heat or drought stress include:
Some treatment options for this turf issue that you can implement at home are to refrain from mowing your lawn too low and to ensure your soil is loose before watering two to three times a day until the issue is corrected.
Rolling with the big guns here… white grubs can arguably be the most damaging to your lawn and cost the most money once the damage is done. They derive from the egg of the Japanese beetle and are stealthy when they hatch. They tend to target your lawn in the spring, throughout the summer, and in the beginning weeks of autumn and live just below the surface of your grass, making them hard to spot before they wreak havoc on your once healthy lawn.
Whether it’s brown patches, areas that won’t grow back, turf that is easily kicked up, or simply wilting grass, these issues can be telltale signs of grub damage. Because white grubs are so hard to identify until they have caused significant damage, one way to catch them is by what they attract. Moles, skunks, and crows are all attracted to grubs as food, so if you see molehills around your yard, it’s important to get it treated right away.
Notice here that the word is “bugs” and not “bug” because there are a variety of different chinch bugs that can attack your grass, depending on where you live. These insects, especially the hairy chinch bug, are a common chinch bug that feeds on turf grasses throughout the United States.
Within 10-30 days, chinch bugs can lay eggs, hatch, and attack your lawn. Their damage can become apparent throughout the summer with wilted grass, yellowing turf, and brown patches throughout your yard.
While a common symptom of both the white grubs and the chinch bug, brown patch is a lawn disease, and on its own can negatively affect your grass. It is a fungal disease that comes from Rhizoctonia. During the hot and humid summer, it can be easy to confuse the beginning stages of Brown Patch with underwatering, but once it gets a hold of the entire turf, it will continue to spread until treated. To differentiate between dead grass and brown patch, you’ll need to examine the blades of grass. The ones with spotted patches on each blade can be considered Brown Patch.
These insects are actually the eggs of the commonly seen dark, spotted moths. While both can be damaging to your lawn, sod webworms are actually more harmful. In their five weeks of maturation to webworm moths, they feed on the roots of your grass at night and hide away during the day, making them extremely hard to spot and stop before they mature and continue to create issues for your lawn.
One easy way to ensure you can catch sob webworms is by looking for small holes created by animals such as birds searching for food. They often feed on sod webworms, leaving behind several holes in your turf, allowing you to suspect damage and take action before they mature.
This fungal disease can be a silent killer if left untreated. Dollar spot begins from tiny organisms that can be transmitted easily, even from contaminated lawn equipment. Once your lawn has been infected, it needs to be contained and treated before it spreads throughout. You’ll notice at first glance some light yellowing in your turf, and even some thinning. These are signs that the microorganisms have developed.
Since dollar spot is a fungus, it simply needs the right conditions to grow. It thrives in a humid, wet environment, which is something that cannot be controlled or prevented depending on where you live. Ensuring that you allow your lawn to be cut, watered, and have time to dry before nighttime dew sets in is a good way to prevent this disease, even if you live in a humid climate.
Be Prepared With Prevention From Alliance Landscaping
Our team is trained to inspect, identify, catch, kill, and prevent pests like grubs, chinch bugs, sod webworms, heat stress, red thread, and so many more lawn care issues. With our expertise, you can expect your lawn to be in tip-top shape for you and your family to enjoy the outdoor activities you love so much, without being interrupted.
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