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ChadA
05-07-2005, 03:13 AM
Maybe you guys can help on this one. I did an estimate today on this yard. The rest rest of it looks good other than a few small spots like this in the back. Does anyone know what it is. I took a soil sample from the front and back to my ext. office today to be tested. Anyone know what it might be.

Del9175
05-07-2005, 07:53 PM
Looks like chinch bug damage to me.

fishinman22487
05-07-2005, 08:22 PM
I agree definately a big infested chinch bug area. If I were you I would rent a sod cutter and completely remove all of the infested area and roto till the area and install new sod, just my 2 cents :)

Turf Technologies
05-07-2005, 10:46 PM
Could it just be damaged for frost?

sheshovel
05-07-2005, 11:01 PM
That lawn needs to be replaced dosen't really matter what killed it.Not frost damage that's for sure.Probably is bugs,tell customer it's gotta go and don't even bother to try and fix a lawn in that kind of shape,remove it and the soil beneath it treat for whatever pest it is and replace the sod completely.

ChadA
05-07-2005, 11:58 PM
They have asked me to replace it now but I don't want them to pay for and it happens again next year. How do I tell for sure if its chinch bugs. Thanks for the replies.

Turf Technologies
05-08-2005, 11:29 AM
If chinch bug like heat why are the areas around the driveway ok looking? That would be the hottest area in the summertime , wouldnt they start there and move in?

ChadA
05-08-2005, 01:25 PM
If chinch bug like heat why are the areas around the driveway ok looking? That would be the hottest area in the summertime , wouldnt they start there and move in?

Turf Tech,
What would you say it is. Im trying to get as many opinions as possible. Thanks for the help.

nocutting
05-08-2005, 01:56 PM
Hi, take 3-4coffee cans, tops & bottoms removed, push into ground, fill with water, chinch bugs will float to the top.......Did you check the overall thatch thickness, over here it appears to be 1/2 inch or better?[ since you are closer you ck it out, OK?]...after you ck the thatch, use a soil probe , take a core sample 6inches in depth [ 4-5 of them ] look at the soil composition, & how long are the grass roots?.....Now take those coffee cans and place them pushed in to the soil on areas where you removed the dead grass, , again fill with water,...See how long it takes to drain?......Next ask to see the clients daughter?...oh I mean the irragation controll box, ck the time per zone & the days it cycles?....I bet its set for short intervals [ 15-20mins[ & probably everyother day?....1st and foremost avoid a high N, fast release fertilizer, "Me" thinks you have a Fungus....let me know how it all works out, regards Saxon :cool2:

ChadA
05-09-2005, 02:34 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. If it is a fungus and i resod will it come back?

ChadA
05-18-2005, 01:09 AM
Does any body else want to take a crack at it.

ProMo
05-18-2005, 09:24 AM
looks like a disease

jd boy
05-18-2005, 10:04 AM
i am fairly confident that is an example of summer patch. this is a fungal problem brought on in the heat of summer. it starts slowly and browns like it simply needs watered. usually homeowners then over water it and spread the fungus through the rest of the area.

over fertility (espically too mulch n) is directly tied to it. Treat with bayleton and then you are good to go with re-seeding.

Green Pastures
05-18-2005, 10:08 AM
Looks like fungus damage to me too.

ChadA
05-20-2005, 02:08 AM
If it is fungus and I cut the old stuff up do I just put the bayleton on top of the old soil and then put down the new top soil. Or should it go on top of the new soil.
Thanks for all the replies everyone.

ChadA
07-10-2005, 08:02 PM
Here is there yard now.
They love it.

fishinman22487
07-10-2005, 08:22 PM
NIce improvement :) Im sure you should get some referalls from that job.
How much sod did you lay down??

sheshovel
07-10-2005, 08:36 PM
Looks a little clorotic to me ,mabey it's the camera .
Ironite

jblawns123
07-10-2005, 08:50 PM
Grub damage, sod cut, put down grub-x or diazanon then put down fresh loam and reseed.

ChadA
07-11-2005, 12:51 AM
NIce improvement :) Im sure you should get some referalls from that job.
How much sod did you lay down??

Thanks. We put down about 700 sq ft. I charged $930 for the job. Paid $60 for a sod cutter, $240 for the sod, $25 for a cubic yard of top soil, and $100 to my helper. Leaving me with $505 for about 8 total hours of work.

Hows business going in in St. Augustine?

ChadA
07-11-2005, 12:53 AM
Looks a little clorotic to me ,mabey it's the camera .
Ironite

It is the camera. That pic was taken with a cheap disposable and it was really bright. The picture doesn't do it justice at all. It is darker and greener in person.

BCSteel
07-11-2005, 01:29 AM
So what was the problem in the first place?

ChadA
07-12-2005, 12:54 AM
So what was the problem in the first place?


Did you look at the pictures. The yard was nasty looking. Now it is the best in the neighborhood.

BCSteel
07-12-2005, 03:35 AM
Did you look at the pictures. The yard was nasty looking. Now it is the best in the neighborhood.

Ya I saw the pics but did you find out what the problem was or just lay new sod over the existing problem with out knowing what it was to begin with.

ChadA
07-14-2005, 02:29 AM
I had two companies come take a look at it and both said it was chinch bugs.
I had them treat the area before we put the new sod in.