Lawn disease and pests can wreak havoc on your healthy lawn, causing lawn problems like discoloration, thinning, and bare patches. We know how important it is to you that you are keeping your lawn both healthy and pest-free so that you can continue to enjoy it to the fullest.
That’s why you might be wondering how to identify lawn problems such as grass disease or insects in the first place.
The truth is, it’s more complicated than you may realize. That’s because the symptoms of many diseases, including lawn fungus, as well as the symptoms of an insect problem often all look alike. That’s why it takes a professional eye to diagnose your problem and start the right treatment.
This is important as treatment approaches can vary and you want to be able to feel confident that you’re getting the right solution for the exact problem that you’re facing. When it comes to something as important as your lawn, the last thing that you want to do is waste time headed down the wrong path because of a problem that was improperly diagnosed.
At Carruthers, we understand the value of a healthy and thriving lawn at your commercial property. That’s why we won’t waste any time getting to the bottom of any lawn problems you might be experiencing and putting the proper solution into action.
Disease control is another component important to lawns. Areas that have been affected by the disease are usually discolored and unhealthy looking and are prone to spreading if not treated. Although diseases can affect any type of turf, we have found that we most often see problems such as Take-All Patch and Brown Patch, which are fungal diseases, in St. Augustine grass here in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.
As part of our lawn care program, we constantly monitor the landscape for insects and disease. If a property has a problem with a disease, we will apply a preventive treatment otherwise, we will treat only when we detect a symptom. Diseases will build up immunity to the chemicals, so we do not apply them unless we detect a problem. There are some environments that are prone to insects and disease, so we monitor those areas closely. Lawn disease treatments are separate from fertilization and weed control, and usually, require only one or two applications to be effective.
Insects destructive to turf include:
- Chinch Bugs
- Bermuda Mites
Insects destructive to plants include:
- Spider Mites
We utilize different control methods for the different kinds of insects we may find on a property. Ants are treated using a granular or powder application. Scale is controlled via dormant oil. All other insects are treated using a spray application. Once we know which insects are a problem at your property, we can also institute an Integrated Pest Management program. This consists of introducing “good’ insects into the area which feed on the “bad” insects.
Treatments for lawn insects are separate from fertilization, weed control, and disease control. Depending on the specific insects, we can usually have them under control in one to two treatments.