One very common problem in Houston area lawns in the end of summer is chinch bugs. While chinch bugs are fairly easy to treat if properly identified, often Take All Patch (which is a soil issue) is confused with a chinch bug problem.
What Are Chinch Bugs?
Chinch bugs are a noxious insect which sucks juice from the grass stolon, causing the plant to yellow and die. They are particularly fond of St. Augustine grass, and as this is the predominant variety in our lawns, this is a very common problem that we see in the Kingwood villages and Northeast Houston area.
How to Identify Chinch Bugs
If a dead patch in your lawn is near the sidewalk or driveway, the odds are that it is caused by chinch bugs. However, to be sure you must examine the patch very closely looking for the bugs.
One recommendation is to mix one fluid ounce of dishwashing liquid with two gallons of water. Pour the solution over a four foot area close to the edge of the affected area. If the dead patch is caused by chinch bugs, they will surface and crawl on the grass blades within a couple of minutes.
Or take the easy route and bring an 8 inch square of the affected part of your lawn with as much of the roots as you can into the garden center, and we will identify it for you.
Chinch Bugs Treatment for Texas Lawns
While there are several methods of chinch bug control, one of the most effective methods we have found for Texas lawns is the application of Nitrophos Bug Out Max, which is an insecticide. Stop by the Kingwood Garden Center and our staff will be happy to help you pick the best treatment for your lawn
Did you know we offer a lawn care club? Membership is free and you can sign up on the website or by filling out a preferred customer card at the garden center. Members will receive an email once per month indicating which products they should apply to their lawn. The email will include a special member coupon for 15% off featured products.
The first day of summer has passed unnoticed. Normally we have thoughts about BBQs, swimming, picnics and parties. Instead, these days all we can think about is how to defend our gardens, lawns and landscapes from the relentless heat. The last thing we want to do is panic. Over-watering hurts plants, so we do a lot of hand-watering for plants that require more attention. Some of the most common weapons in our arsenal include mulching, increasing the water cycle time, deep root feeding, jug irrigation systems and soil amendments such as Soil Moist, expanded shale and Water-In. Add some organic fertilizer like Microlife and you will increase the drought tolerance of your plants and lawns.
Take All Patch is a highly destructive pathogen that destroys turf grass in its wake. The most noticeable symptoms of Take all Patch are yellowing and thinning turf in circular or irregular patches that look like chinch bug damage, spots of green turf often within the killing fields and the blackened roots of the dead turf.
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