Having a healthy, vibrant lawn can be hard in Florida, even if you have a green thumb. Keeping a lush green lawn can be a frustrating endeavor. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. No, this isn't a plug for some new miracle product. In fact, the secret I'm going to share with you has been around a very long time. But, before I tell you that secret, let's look at the problem. This will help you better understand why the secret works.
What is wrong with your Florida lawn?
Have you noticed them? brown patches, leaf holes, and brown rot? Your grass and leaf shoots can start to look like a war zone. Here are a few problems you might be encountering.
Brown patch fungus usually attacks lawns in the winter, when there can be many rainy days in a row. This fungus can be brought on by excessive irrigation, high humidity, or other conditions that cause moisture to be on your lawn for more than 48 hours. This fungus infects leaf area close to the soil, and will eventually kill those leaves.
Grey leaf spot is a disease that attacks St. Augustine grass from late spring to early fall. It can appear like brown patch fungus, and the two are sometimes confused, but with grey leaf spot and other herbicide damage, the leave is not dark and rotted at the base. Initial symptoms will be small pinhead-sized spots that are olive green to brown in color. These will enlarge and form circular--and sometimes oblong spots that are tan to brown in color.
Helminthosporium leaf spot can affect all warm-season turfgrass, but Bermuda grass is especially susceptible. Though it can attack your lawn any time of year it happens most in fall and winter when moisture is excessive.
Pythium root rot also affects warm-seasoned turf grass during seasons of wetness. This root rot will result in a decline in turf quality and density, but the damage is hardly ever complete. Some patches will turn yellow, light green or brown in color. Pythium root rot is a fungus, but is sometimes confused with herbicide damage. As mentioned above, with herbicide damage the root will not be dark and rotted.
The chinch bug, mole cricket, and sod web worm can wreak havoc on your lawn, leaving your grass light brown and dead looking. To get rid of a bug problem you need to hire a company that knows how to deal with bugs. This is where the secret is. Pest control companies all across the country have begun to adopt lawn treatments as part of the services they offer, because it fits perfectly into their field of expertise. If you need lawn care, call a pest company, not a gardener. You'll get expert lawn care and pest prevention, for less money.
If you live in Florida, see if there is a McCall Service near you. They fix fungus, herbicide, and bug damaged lawns. For surprisingly less than you might expect, you can have a lawn that is the envy of all your neighbors, and not have to lift a finger to make it happen.