The fall nemesis to turf…… Brown patch

Brown Patch and what to do.  So, you have done everything you can to help nurse your lawn through another grueling Texas summer. You have kept the St. Augustine turf thick and green through periods of drought and the spontaneous chinch bug invasion. Only to have random spots appear after recent early fall rains.

Brown patch in st augustine turf

These random spots in St. Augustine grass are caused by a soil pathogen. When conditions are favorable (cool and damp nights) the disease brown patch presents itself.

It will start as a fire orange color and then progress into the full irregular shapes pictured above.

What should I do?

Well, first thing you should do is turn off your irrigation system if you have one. Overwatering in the fall contributes to the progression of the disease.

While brown patch is unsightly, it will not kill your turf the way other pests or diseases will. If caught early enough, we can slow the progression of the disease with fungicides but most of the time the turf does not recover until the following year.

Give us a call we would love to talk more about turf or any pest problem for that matter. 979 245-5700

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What You Need To Know About The Most Destructive Pests of Turfgrass

It was brought to our attention that many Southeast Texans are suffering from White Grub infestations. We wanted to share this very important article and help save many of you from what our other clients had to endure and nip this problem in the bud- before it’s too late.  As many have experienced how these destructive pests could damage lawns. Recovery can take weeks to repair as well as embarrassment for someone who has spent ample time creating a nicely manicured lawn for their home. 

About White Grubs

White grubs are known to be the most the most destructive pests of turfgrass. The turf is damaged when the larvae, also known as the larval or the immature stages of these pests chew off the grassroots below the surface of your lawn. The injured root reduces the ability of your grass to absorb water and other nutrients

Understanding the Signs of Infestation

Rainfall and soil moisture are key critical factors that determine the extent of grub damage. Moreover, properly irrigated soil and adequate moisture can tolerate 20 or more grubs per square foot before showing signs of turf injury. If you had grubs the year before, leaves your lawn more susceptible to grubs this year.

Sampling for White Grubs

To determine the extent of a white grub infestation sample the turf in many sections of your lawn. For a self-inspection cut a square foot piece of sod and inspect the roots closely (about 2 inches below the surface). White grubs are generally small and are not as easily detected as the root damage. Typically healthy turf can outgrow a small amount of grub damage, however, as the weather changes it will be more difficult to treat this problematic pest.

Natural Enemies

In some areas nature controls these pests such as predators, parasites and diseases can keep white grubs in check. Common predators such as moles and skunks are as unwelcome as the grubs themselves.

How Bob Klepac Exterminating Services Treats White Grubs

There are two treatments to control white grubs. The Curative Approach is when white grubs are abundant, applying insecticide may be the only way to avoid serious damage. Proper timing is important, and our treatments are applied only after the eggs are hatched, and grubs are present. The Preventative Approach is the insecticide that is used as insurance and protection against white grubs, and the timing, as well as a flexible schedule, proving the benefits of treating these pests before damage has set in. Furthermore, we will discuss a post-treatment irrigation application to get the most out of our visit.

The key to treatment is to take action before it’s too late

We are here to help.  Please call (979) 245-5700 for a free estimate.