Pesticides on grass - Knowledgebase Question

New Port Richey, FL
Question by kpete76
July 27, 2007
I live in florida and have a new home. my grass just died. I am wondering what kind of pest control do I need to do to prevent this. I know that the sprinkler man told me he could treat the lawn year around if I wanted service. i was wondering if this is something I can do. He also said something about keping the soil balanced. My husband is putting down Patch Perfect and I would like to keep it from dying. Any advice you have would be great...Thank you so much for your time.

Answer from NGA
July 27, 2007



You should hold off on hiring a service just yet. The problem on your turf could be due to a wide variety of things including insects, diseases, damage from turf weed killer, drought, etc. With the only symptoms being that it died I can't tell what the cause might be. I suggest you visit your County Extension Office and get some advice and some of their free material on establishing and caring for a lawn in your area. They have soil testing information and that would be a good place to begin before you start to reestablish a new lawn. They are also the place to go when you first start to see a problem. They can help diagnose problems from samples (get info on how to take a good sample) and photos. Their contact info is:

Pasco County Extension, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City, FL 33525-5198
352-521-4288; 727-847-8177; 813-996-7341, Ext 4288

The following web sites will also be helpful to you:

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