Special August Notes

Crabgrass

Spider Mites At Work

 

Many lawn fungus diseases can have a ‘field day’ under August’s heat. Water is critical to relieve stress, but can contribute to disease proliferation if it is supplied early in the evening. Grass should Patch Disease Damage be dry by nightfall.

NOTE: A fungicide treatment does NOT turn turf green. The grass plant must re-grow the blades to fill in the damage; new growth is impeded by August heat.

Spider mites can quickly become a horde of master suckers destroying vegetation on evergreens, flowers, trees and shrubbery. The hotter it is, the faster they feed, and the faster control measures have to be taken!

NOTE: A miticide does NOT turn the stricken foliage green. The plant must re-grow new needles or leaves to repair the damage; and that could be next season.

Preventing crabgrass growth and grub damage is based upon the same principle: the preventative material must remain active in the top layer of soil.

One kills the seed; the other kills the nymph grub. If the material is compromised, either by excess rain or by disturbing the top layer of soil, crabgrass can appear, and some grubs can damage the turf. Spot treatments may be needed in these cases.

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