Category: Turf Pests and Problems

White Grubs

White grubs are the larvae of June Beetles (June bugs). June Beetles appear from May through early June in northeast Texas. The brown beetles are easy to spot outside on warm early summer nights. They lay eggs in the soil which hatch into grubs. White grubs have a yellow head with a white body and … […]

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Brown Patch

Brown patch in St Augustine lawns normally occurs in late summer or early fall when the air temperature is between 75-85 degrees and the humidity is high. It can, however, occur in the spring when conditions are right. It is a fungus disease characterized by the familiar circular patches of yellow or brown grass. These … […]

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Take-All Disease

TAKE-ALL LAWN DISEASE Lawn diseases are common in east Texas with the extremes of rainfall, so watch your grass closely this season for potential problems. Though simple tests can identify a white grub or chinch bug infestation, fungal diseases are more difficult to diagnose. An example is Take-all Root Rot, a relatively new disease which … […]

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Chinch Bugs

CHINCH BUGS With the hot days of summer, you should be on the lookout for chinch bugs in your lawn, especially in St Augustine grass. These pests cause extensive damage very quickly, including killing St Augustine turf, during the hot days of July, August and well into September. Chinch bugs like hot, dry, sunny lawns; … […]

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