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Lawn, summer heat and cinch bugs

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by tongix, May 31, 2012.

  1. tongix

    tongix

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    roll into one accord in this Houston heat. I have to mow today and apply the Ortho Bugs be Gone . I do this every start of summer as these cinch bugs and Japanese beetles larvae come out and feast on the lawn esp the roots. A bag of Ortho goes a long ways. And of course watering every five days to keep the roots strong and soil moist.
     
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  2. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    We've had a very wet, cool spring. It's JUST starting to get pretty warm (80+ during the day) and dry. The grass has needed to be machete'd twice a week for a month, but I suspect I'll have to turn on the irrigation this weekend.

    The good part is that weeds have been CHOKED out by the thick thick turf we've established. I hit some areas about a month ago and spot-sprayed a few hold-outs 2 weeks ago. I'll do it again this weekend, just to get it all.

    The next season: Crabgrass. I don't care how strong your grass is, hot July always means crabgrass here. Sprouts for what seems like 6 weeks, so a regular anti-crabgrass agent isn't viable. Grrrr.

    We used to have issues with larvae eating all our grass in this AO. Haven't seen a bad infestation in a decade or more. I think I've got some Grub-Ex in the garage that I'll put down maybe this weekend.
     

  3. SpoiledBySig

    SpoiledBySig Millennium Member

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    Here in South Florida, I chose to have Bahia sod (I-95 median grass) instead of Floratam (St. Augustine). Floratam sod is supposed to be Cinch bug resistant (it's a special St. Augustine hybrid sod made by University of Florida & Texas A&M, hence the name).

    Floratam sod, if it turns brown or yellow...it's gone, it's dead, one really needs a sprinkler system to keep it maintained and I have too much yard and too little money for a Floratam yard. So I chose to have Bahia sod. Even if it turns brown and looks dead, a rain storm brings it all back to life.

    However, every morning after a good rain, my pool has hundreds of Cinch bugs at the bottom of it (can't explain their suicide march). Thank god I have a Creepy Crawly-like device for my pool (I actually have a Barricuda to bottom clean my pool).

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  4. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Bahia is the worst stuff ever when it comes to a lawn. It is the freakin' devil!

    Those nasty little seeds, the ugly, tall stalks! I'm fighting a battle right now in my back yard. I didn't have any on the property until I move here and used my lawn mower from my old house. Transplant seeds ruined my grass!

    Damn that stuff!!!
     
  5. SpoiledBySig

    SpoiledBySig Millennium Member

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    Yeah, it's (Bahia) not even close to being as good as Floratam. But, it's looking good (my lawn) with the mowing upkeep and I don't have no sprinkler worries.

    When I had a smaller lawn, living in Palm Beach County, Floratam was good to have. But, the yard I have now in St. Lucie County is much bigger and I preferred not to have Floratam sod. Some neighbors here have Floratam lawns, but most don't.
     
  6. tongix

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    What we have here in Houston are mainly Raleigh St Augustine.Thats the one i have in front of my lawn. The back is combination of St Augustine and Bermuda. The Raleigh is prone to cinch bug attack and needs a lot of watering during summer .
     
  7. Z71bill

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    Cinch bugs and Japanese beetles are easy to control compared to these.


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  8. janice6

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    AHHHHHH....Summer........


    Sherlock loves to lay in the grass and "heat up" in the midday sun.
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    Life is good!
     
  9. TexanRon

    TexanRon Come 'n Take It

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    The only really effective pesticide against the evil chinch bugs was Diazinon, which was removed from the market a few years ago. Everything else they pretty much laugh at. Keeping the grass healthy and well watered helps a lot.