Protecting Your Lawn Against Grub Damage

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Protecting Your Lawn Against Grub Damage

     Smith’s Lawn and Landscape Update

    Issue 3, 2006

    underside of your mower with soapy water to help kill fungal Summer Lawn Diseases spores under mower. Affected areas will need to be reseeded in

    fall to speed recovery.

    Now Active We can spot treat the infected areas with a liquid

    fungicide for $55.00 up to 3,000 sq. ft. . If the entire lawn Red Thread Disease needs sprayed the cost is $ 15.00 per 1,000 sq. ft.

     You can reduce the chances of getting lawn diseases by

    watering only in the mornings between 6 a.m. and 12 noon. Keep

    your mower blade sharp; if the tips of grass are frayed after

    mowing-the blade is due sharpening. Don’t mow your lawn too

    short (mow at highest wheel setting) or during the heat of the

    day. Mow lawn in the morning or evening when air is cooler.

     Red Thread fungal disease will cause areas that will

    Japanese Beetles and Grubs appear reddish or light pink the size of a tea saucer or dinner

    plate. If you look at the tips you can see fine red “hairs”

    growing out ot the tips. This disease rarely causes damage to

    the turf and is mainly a cosmetic problem. Mower will remove

    affected areas. If the disease appears to worsen or spread a

    fungicide can be applied.

    Dollar Spot

     This July we will begin to see Japanese Beetles feeding

    on landscape plants. The Japanese Beetle prefers flowering

    shrubs, trees and perenial plants like roses. They will devour the

    leaves by eating everything but the veins of the leaf. If you see

    Japanese Beetles on your plants Smith’s can spray them with a

    “systemic” insect control to kill the existing beetles and the product will absorb into the leaf to kill future beetles that will

    eat the leaves. Insect controls will not “repel” bugs, only kill The Dollar Spot fungal disease will cause yellow to white

    them once they eat some of the leaf. The insect control will “bleached” spots the size of a silver dollar to the size of a diner

    help reduce the damage and defoliation of the plants. We do not plate. This disease can be picked up by the mower and spread to

    recommend beetle traps because they have a female pheramone other areas of the lawn. We recommend spraying this with a

    that will actually attract Beetles to your lawn. fungicide and washing underneath the mower with soapy water

    to help remove the pathogen under the deck area. Once the adults have mated in July through mid August,

    the pregnant females will burrow into the ground and lay a clutch Brown Patch/Summer Patch of eggs. These eggs will hatch by late September to become

    Grubs which will begin to feed on the roots of your lawn or

    landscape plants before overwintering. Smith’s recommends

    that a grub control be applied to your lawn with one of your

    visits, typically Visit # 3. This product will surround the roots

    of the grass which will kill grubs that feed on the roots. The

    product applied in summer will be there this fall to protect the

    roots of your lawn. Grub control does not eliminate grubs from

    the soil, it simply kills grubs that feed on the roots, protecting Both of these fungal diseases can look very similar and your lawn. are the most damaging turf diseases in central Ohio. They first

    appear as circular to irregular pathches a few inches to two feet Please check your service note left at the time of in diameter that look purpleish green in the early morning and treatment to follow any watering requirements. Some grub rapidly fade to brown, blighted areas. These two diseases will products will need to be watered within 48 hours to be effective. spread rapidly with the help of the mower and will need to be

    treated with a fungicide as soon as possible. Wash the

Smith’s Lawn and Landscape Update

Issue 3, 2006


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