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St Augustine grass turned brown

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by clyde, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    i have a client that her yard has turned brown in many spots, large spots. Now she let it get high b4 she hired me and then she cut it short. I noticed it was turning brown right after i started but the rest came back , on the sides and in the back...

    its a light brown and its dead any suggestions? she thinks its insects.

  2. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    it could be grubs worms not sure though you can try spreading insecticide and see if this helps
    if you can take photos to the co-op and see if they can help you identify the problem
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Post photos up here, I bet you its chinch bugs. If you look on the border of dead grass and live grass there should be a slight kill zone that isnt really in great condition but isnt dead yet. Get on your knees and pull the dead grass away and I bet you see chinch bugs at work. Google a photo of them if you dont know what they look like.
  4. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

  5. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    You said that the customer cut it short and then the brown spots started showing up. One thing to keep in mind is maintaining the turf for optimum health which with St Augustine grass means keeping it at least 3-4 inches high. Cutting it short is not in the best interests of the turf and may have stressed it enough to allow other problems to take hold.

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