Whats wrong.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ChadA, May 7, 2005.

  1. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    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.



  2. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Looks like chinch bug damage to me.
  3. fishinman22487

    fishinman22487 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    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 :)
  4. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    Could it just be damaged for frost?
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    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.
  6. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    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.
  7. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    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?
  8. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

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

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    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:
  10. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Thanks for the suggestions. If it is a fungus and i resod will it come back?

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