The Pinellas County Extension Service has quite a record of misdiagnosing lawn problems. They will look at your sample and most likely they will give you a probable cause and a solution to that problem. But often it isn't the reason your lawn died and you could spend much time and money going in the wrong direction.
What to do with an ugly lawn? Replacing the lawn with new sod is often the default solution however there is a more economical solution – renovation. Renovation can take dead lawn and restore it to a healthy lawn in less than a year.
The label reads: “Weed Killer for Lawns”. The label should read: “Kills weeds if the right amount of the right product at the right time on the right lawn with the right equipment during the right conditions may kill some weeds but it takes a whole lot more than a bottle of herbicide to keep a lawn weed free”.
During the cooler winter months in Pinellas County your St Augustine lawn is semi-dormant – not dormant, not dead – just living at a slower pace. Even in the winter, a lawn is a living growing active community that needs food and water.
I’m often asked “How Long before I can go on the lawn after you sprayed?” And I’ll reply “Keep off until dry”. But why do you “keep off until dry”? Is it dangerous? Or something else?
Grubs kill St Augustine turf by feeding on the roots. A turf without roots cannot take up water or nutrients and grub damaged turf appears water stressed and weak. Most often people think they have irrigation problems when in fact they have grub problems. The solution is preventing grubs, because once the damage is observed it is too late.
Lawn spraying is exactly that – spraying the lawn with a liquid. But what is that “liquid”, what does it do and how does it work?
Chinch Bug season in Pinellas County is from the hot days of May until the cooler temperatures of October. It is the most dangerous time of the year for St Augustine lawns. Chinch bugs allied with a dysfunctional irrigation system can destroy a lawn in a week.
Is there a better grass for a Lawn in Pinellas County than Floratam St Augustine? Clue: It’s a trick question! There are only 3 grasses suitable for lawns in Pinellas County – St Augustine, Bahia and Zoysia - and the type of lawn owner and where you are growing it defines which one of the three you will plant.
It is sod webworm season again – I can tell by all the phone calls asking about the moths in the lawn. The lawn moths are harmless but sod webworms can kill a lawn but more likely, they damage random areas. So, what to do about sod webworms?