The Q&A Archives: lawn pest control

Question: Starting in June, my St. Augustine grass turns yellowish brown, wilts, dies. Despite plenty of watering, it still dies. The affected area gets larger.

Answer: Sampling for grubs is a good first step in determining the cause of your lawn problem. Random holes throughout the lawn will give you a general idea of how large the grub population might be. You can cut a square foot of turf out, pull it up and look on the soil surface and on the roots for fat, white grubs; less than six grubs per square foot can usually be masked by water and fertilizers. Populations between 10 and 15 per square foot can cause significant turf damage in September and October. Of course, populations occasionally reach 40 to 60 grubs per square foot and these levels can cause significant damage. If you find grubs you can treat your lawn with a product like Grubex or Bayer Advanced Season-Long Grub Control granules, applied according to label directions. If you don't find grubs, you can simply rake out the bare spots, sprinkle some compost over the areas and either take plugs from healthy turf areas or just allow the St. Augustine to spread into the affected areas. Hope this information helps!

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