Why Does My Grass Look Discolored?

I have had a couple people call this week and ask me about why their lawn has purple tips, seems to have yellowing, or is discolored this past week, so I thought it would be a great topic for this newsletter. There are a few different likely causes, based on the color and size of the discolored area in your lawn, that could be creating the concern. Some are harmless and others need immediate attention. Read on to learn how to identify what’s going on in your Gainesville lawn.

Purple Tips

If you have St. Augustine grass in your lawn you might be surprised to see the tips of blades turning dark purple. This purple color is the lawn's natural reaction to cold weather stress, and is most prominent in Classic and Bitterblue St. Augustine varieties common in Haile Plantation and other Gainesville communities. This is common in our...

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How to Protect From Gainesville Lawn Pests in the Fall

Part of caring for your Gainesville lawn is creating an environment that’s pleasing to the human eye, yet unattractive to pests. The good news is you don’t have to be a Gainesville lawn pest control expert to have a decent looking lawn. You just have to invest the right time, preparation, materials, and money to make sure your lawn stays protected - especially in the fall.

 

By preparing lawns in the late summer and early fall, you help strengthen lawns and prevent the growth of unwanted weeds and uninvited critters that like to pop up throughout fall and spring. .

 

Pests of concern

  • White grubs: Grubs eat the roots near the surface of the soil, causing your lawn to die. The presence of white grubs often attracts birds, armadillos, and moles to dig up your Gainesville Landscape as well searching for food.. 
  • Chinch bugs: In Gainesville Chinch
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It's Feasting Time for Sod Webworms on Gainesville Lawns!

Sod webworms begin to show in Gainesville, Florida lawns around August and don't stop eating until the first frost. They can occasionally show up earlier though, if certain weather patterns occur. This pest feeds on all types of warm season turf, and the only way to protect from them is to be on a Gaineville Lawn Fertilization Program that includes a mixture of residual insecticide with proper nutrients that keep your lawn healthy and less suceptible to webworm invasion.

Above is a photo of a local Haile Plantation lawn with sodworm damage. Take notice of the chewed leaf blades and damaged turf from the little insects. Another way to be aware if you have webworms early are if you see moths flying up in the moring as you walk through your landscape. 

The caterpillar is 1/25" when hatched and grows to ¾" in maturity and are usually light green with black spots. It takes 12 weeks to mature to...

Chinch Bug Activity Abounds - Protect Your Gainesville Lawn!

Gainesville lawn Chinch bugs love the heat of the Florida climate and prefer dry sunny areas of St. Augustine grass, which is we have seen so many active colonies of Lawn pests these past few weeks around Alachua County.

Chich bugs damage grass by feeding on the plant juices through a needle-shaped beak causing lawns to develop yellow and brown patches that resemble drought stress. Chinch bug eggs begin to hatch in Florida during early spring and multiply continuing well into summer when they start to be seen in 1 out of every 3 Gainesville lawns that aren't on a Lawn Pest Prevenative Program.

Their eggs hatch in 10 days and the young develop into adults in as little as 3 weeks. Although chinch bugs are most commonly found feeding on St. Augustine grass, they will infest other grass species. They rarely...

3 Basic Needs of a Healthy Gainesville Lawn: Fertilizer

One of the most frequently asked questions I am asked on an initial consultation with a potential client is, "Why isn't my grass as green as the other people in my neighborhood?" My response always starts the same way, that a lawn has three relatively basic needs for long-term health: Food, Water, and Sunlight. In the past two articles, we've discussed the right amount of water and sunlight, so that leaves the last tip of the series to be about food, also known as lawn fertilization

Many homeowners in our area use the ‘feast or famine’ method fertilizing once or twice a...

3 Basic Needs of a Healthy Gainesville Lawn: Water

One of my constant talking points is that a Gainesville lawn needs 3 main ingredients to thrive: water,  food, and sun.  If it has all three, grass will grow on concrete (not forever, but if it didn’t, we wouldn’t need edgers).  If you’re missing one of those three things the lawn won’t get any better regardless of what you do.  Today, I want to discuss the importance of water, or more importantly how you can tell if your lawn problem is water-related.

If your lawn developed brown spots last spring in the sunny areas, I’d venture to guess that your problem is water-related.  Most of the lawn issues we see in May and June are from the dry spells we experience.  These brown spots during droughts are...

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The Health of Your Gainesville Lawn is About Much More than Fertilization

 Great For Fertility, Bugs and Weeds

 

Advertisements do not tell you what a service or product won't do - on purpose - they do not want to discourage you from buying their product or service. Every service or product has strong points and limitations. Lawn spraying has some great strong points - fertility, insects and weeds. Lawn spraying has definite limitations - there are problems with St Augustine turf grass lawn that lawn spraying just will not fix. When a homeowner with a persistent problem - like poor irrigation - hires a Gainesville lawn spray company to spray away irrigation problems - they will be disappointed! So I always tell potential customers what lawn spraying cannot do - lawn spraying cannot fix...

How Much Do Gainesville Landscape Services Cost?

This is always one of the first questions a homeowner has when starting the research process for a Gainesville landscape company. The problem with answering this question, though, is the fact that a Gainesville landscape has so many variations and options that it can be very tough for one to truly know what the price to fully enjoy their yard will be. Notwithstanding, I'll do my best here to give you some realistic cost ranges as to what most people will spend.

Five Ways to Help Your Lawn in a Drought

Grass requires plenty of water to keep it green and growing. Long periods without rain, like we've been in recently in North Florida, can mean that you end up with a dying yard. Here are ten ways to make sure your lawn is ready for the drought.

  1. Irrigate deeply and less often – Set your irrigation to use plenty of water at once. Watering longer will allow you to space out your waterings. This will encourage your grass roots to  reach down for the water instead of just accessing what is available near the surface.
  2. Avoid fertilizers – Don’t apply fertilizers to your lawn before or during a season of drought. This is actually harmful to your lawn rather than helpful because it increases the need for water.
  3. Raise the mower height – By raising the cutting height on your mower, you will be encouraging root growth in your grasses. This will help the grass stay greener longer during a drought season. This
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