Monday, August 22, 2016

Army worms have arrived!



Great, armyworms have arrived. As if the weeds and nutsedge aren't enough hassle! They prefer to eat Bermuda, however, they will also eat fescue seedlings, once fall seeding completed. They will eat the whole lawn seedlings in 24 hours. What about the turf insect control you applied in June? Why doesn't that kill them? We use imacloprid and bifenthrin at that time. Imacloprid will give about a years control for grubs, because it is systemic. bifenthrin gives a no quick knockdown of surface feeding turf insects that are present at time of treatment, and will also knock out fleas, ticks, chiggers, etc. However, it doesn't kill insects NOT present. Fall armyworms fly up from the gulf coast areas as moths. They don't lay their eggs in the turf. They lay eggs on fences, poles, tree limbs, etc. They have to be controlled after they arrive. They don't show up every year. Please call if you notice areas (especially bermuda) that turn brown in about 1 day, so we can stop the armyworms from doing more damage. Please watch video on other post about armyworm damage. Thanks!



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Armyworm. Damage

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Like, its not fescue time in TN!

Its hot, yo. Its wet too. Everything but fescue will grow well over next 30 days. With soil temps over 90 and afternoon showers, it sets up for ugly yards. We are spraying weeds as quickly as we can, but they will keep coming until soil temps drop in September. What you can do to help, is to make sure you are not irrigating on top of this rain. Don't even attempt to keep your fescue looking like it did even a month ago. I would rather see drought stress than pithium fungus. Brown Patch disease control won't touch pithium. Its a death nail. Hot wet soil = pithium = dead until reseed. Hot dry soil = some brown, but not dead grass that will recover quickly when soil temps cool in September. Just remember, we are not happy seeing lawns tank either. But, I bet you don't see fescue in the jungle! Bare with us, we will get weeds cleaned up and ready for fall seeding, which is less than a month away. Thank you for your patience and business. If the weeds are driving you crazy and you want ASAP spray, just call office or email. We will move you up on service call list. Thanks 6154728245

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