From shifting weather conditions to specific kinds of weeds, every Georgia home-owner knows that each season brings its own unique lawn care challenges. One of these varying challenges is pest control. Different trouble-making insects wreak havoc on your grass at different times of the year. For the typical lawn-owner in Georgia, there are three primary pests to look out for in the summer:
Southern Chinch Bugs
Interestingly, these bugs are particularly damaging for St. Augustine grasses (a common type of grass used in Georgia), although they can cause mild damage to other types of warm season turf as well. Southern chinch bugs suck the moisture from your grass, then inject a poison that kills it, ultimately leaving dead patches that look much like drought damage. You can reduce your risk of southern chinch bugs by keeping your lawn trimmed (since these pests thrive in wet thatch), and by steering clear of overwatering and overfertilizing. If you do find your yard infested with these insects, call Turf Shield Lawn Care to set up a consultation and discuss your pest control options.
The term “grubs” actually includes the immature forms of several different types of beetles. Typically living just under the surface of your soil, they like to eat grass roots, often until you could simply lift up an area of your grass like carpet. Grubs tend to mate in early summer, and then lay eggs which hatch around mid to late summer and reach their peak feeding age in early fall. Start keeping an eye out for grubs now so that you can treat them while they’re still susceptible to pesticides and before they cause serious damage.
As with grubs, there are several types of caterpillars that can do serious lawn damage, although the most common varieties include tropical sod webworm and fall armyworm. These pests feed on the actual blades of grass, biting holes out of them before ultimately eating away larger areas of grass. You can limit your susceptibility to caterpillar damage by applying water and fertilizer appropriately (not excessively), and by seeking treatment as soon as you notice caterpillars in your yard.
Getting your lawn in tip-top shape (and keeping it that way) is a never-ending job. There’s a lot to learn if you want to adjust for the many seasonal issues that can affect your grass. That’s why our professional lawn care experts at Turf Shield are here to help. To find out what we can do for your grass, schedule a consultation with us today, or for more lawn care tips, follow Turf Shield on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.