Common lawn weeds
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Aboveground Pests

Chinch bugs Chinch bugs are the premier pest on St. Augustinegrass lawns, and will attack other grasses except those in the coldest climates.  Black, winged, and 1/5-inch long, they live an… Read more »

Underground pests - Japanese Beetle
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Underground Pests

White grubs If Japanese beetles are eating your shrubs or trees, the larvae are probably eating your grass roots. Japanese beetle larvae, or grubs are considered the single most damaging law… Read more »

Identifying Clues
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Visible Clues to Insects

Knowing your local pests and their life cycles is the key to determining whether lawn damage is due to insects.  The rest is a matter of keeping your eyes open.  Most insects are large enough t… Read more »

Watch What You Step On
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Watch What You Step On

It pays to know what insects look like throughout their life cycle, because they change form as they grow in a process called metamorphosis.  Born with rigid or semi-rigid outer skins, insec… Read more »

Testing for insects
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Testing for Insects

By lifting a section of sod once per season, you will get a good look at what is feeding on your lawn. In addition to the time-honored method of parting the grass and looking around, the following… Read more »

Mechanical Bug Removal
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Mechanical Bug Removal

When pests are visible and large enough, removing them via the “pick and squash” method is an option for the non-squeamish.  Try the following on insects you cannot see. For chinch bugs,… Read more »

Insecticidal Soap
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Insecticidal Soaps

Made from the potassium salts of fatty acids, insecticidal soaps cause desiccation and death on direct contact with susceptible insects.  The acids disrupt the structure and permeabilit… Read more »

Earthworms are More than Fish Bait
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Earthworms – More Than Bait

Earthworms are a sure sign of excellent soil conditions. Their castings are a natural fertilizer. Earthworms loosen and aerate the soil, and they feed the grass with their castings. Ten eart… Read more »