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How to Identify Insects on Your Utah lawn

With all the different insects that may grow on your Utah lawn, how are you to tell them apart? In the month of July, which is the peak season for insects, you may see many types of infestations in your lawn. Two common insects that you may see this month are Billbugs and Sod Webworm.

Sod Webworm

This is an insect that starts as larvae less than 1 inch long and covered in dark spots. When it reaches adulthood, it is a caterpillar with small brown patches. These larvae are hatched in the fall, and then burrow deep underground in the winter. Once the weather warms up in the spring, they rise to the surface and begin to eat.

One way to tell if your lawn is infested with Sod Webworm is that there are brown patches on your lawn. When you go to pick up the grass, it comes up in a long strip, like a rug.

Billbugs

Billbugs are a type of weevil and the adult female Billbug makes holes in your lawn to lay eggs. When the young hatch they are grubs approximately 1/3 of an inch long. They don’t have any legs, and they are often cream-colored with a brown head.

Unlike the Sod Webworm, the Billbug lays their eggs in the late summer or spring. When the grubs hatch, they eat the crown area of the plants and can kill it. You can tell if your plants have been attacked by young Billbugs if the top of the plant looks as if it is been sawed off.

Older Billbug grubs eat lower down on the plants, closer to the root. If there are signs of small grains that look similar to sawdust surrounding patches of grass on your lawn, then you may be seeing the signs of older grubs. Billbugs are especially dangerous to new lawns, but any type of lawn is susceptible to the damage these insects cause.

No matter what type of insects that may infect your Utah lawn, we can help. Contact us, and we can set up an inspection in order to determine what type of infestation you may have and how to treat your lawn so that you can enjoy it once again.

Utah Lawn: Weeds and Insects

In June you may see a growing number of weeds and insects infecting you Utah lawn. There are different steps that you can take in the spring to help prevent many of these issues. You can also mow your lawn on the second-highest setting to help curb the instances of weeds or insects. However, sometimes you may find that prevention isn’t enough and you have instances of weeds or insects on your lawn.

 

Weeds

This month you may see an increasing number of weeds, including: crab grass, orchard grass, clover, dandelions, and  violets. Many of these weeds may appear in the cracks in your sidewalk before they penetrate your yard. Others may start to appear in limited areas, but will spread if you mow them over instead of removing them with a herbicide.

Dandelions may seem harmless, but they are a stubborn weed that spread their seeds when the heads turn to fluff. The wind often blows these seeds around, but young children often help by picking them and blowing them because it is fun to watch the seeds scatter. This is why it is better to spray them before they get to their fluff state and spread further.

Violets are pretty, so many people may not think of them as weeds. Not only are they weeds, but they are also ones that are difficult to get rid of. They need to be sprayed repeatedly over a 5-6 week period of time and they still may not be completely gone. It is also not advisable to mow them, as their seeds spread. If you do mow them, spray them with water first, in order to prevent the seeds from spreading.

 

Insects

There are several different insects that also appear in the warmer weather. Some of them include Cranberry Girdler, Bill bugs, and White Grub. No matter which insect your lawn may be infected with, a common sign of an infestation is a patch of grass that is brown and pulls up all in one piece, like a rug. Sometimes you may see moth-like insects hovering over the area of grass that is infected. If you pull up the grass, you may see white grub-like insects. Insecticides will often take care of the problem, but some insects are more resistant than others are.

If your Utah lawn is infected with weeds or insects, you can all us for assistance. You can visit your home and let you know how we can help you with your lawn care problems.

June Utah Lawn Care

June Utah lawn care now entails more mowing and watering than it does seeding and fertilizing. Warmer weather at night means rapid growth for your lawn, and you need to make sure you are taking care of it properly to keep the grass from getting brown, and from weeds, insects, or diseases from ruining your summer plans.

You should be mowing your lawn once a week at the 3″ or second highest setting. This will help keep your lawn green, and also prevent the onslaught of weeds, insects or diseases. You don’t want to remove too much of the blade of grass, as this will cause the grass to become brown. When you notice a home where their yard seems to always be brown you may notice how short the blades of grass are. That is often because they remove too much of the blade where the chlorophyll is stored. They may think they are reducing their work load as they won’t have to more as often; however, they are actually causing themselves more work since they are drying out their lawn.

Watering is also important as the temperatures begin to rise. People often have the tendency to either over-water or under-water their lawn. If you water the lawn twice a week and allow the water to penetrate 10″ of soil before you turn off the sprinklers you will be able to have deep roots and a healthy lawn even during the hot summer months.

The warmer weather also means an increase in the number of weeds and insects that you may see in your yard. Many annual weeds make their appearance in June, but you may be able to spot them before they penetrate the lawn. Often weeds like crabgrass and dandelions appear in the cracks of your sidewalk prior to invading your yard. If you spray them as soon as you spot them you have a good chance of killing them before they spread.

Insects are also on the rise this month. The warmer weather awakens them from their dormant state and they begin to look for a good place to spend the next few months. It is important to be on the lookout for infestations and to get rid of them as soon as possible.

If your Utah lawn care chores include trying to get rid or pests, or you are having problems that you don’t know how to resolve, feel free to contact us. We will offer you a consultation and let you know how you can have a beautiful lawn this year.

Why You May be Experience Utah Lawn Care Problems

While most people enjoy growth, health and beauty in May, some owners may be experiencing Utah lawn care problems. This can range from brown grass to bald spots that stubbornly refuse to grow grass. Here are some common reasons for these types of problems along with some possible solutions.

Brown Grass

Most lawns should be turning green in May as the consistent rain and warmer temperatures help it recover from the winter. Some lawns however may remain brown. These lawns may be difficult to keep healthy and remain brown all year round, no matter what the temperature or rainfall may be for the growing season. This can be the result of several different issues.

One issue may be the soil. If your soil is devoid of important nutrients, you will have a difficult time maintaining a healthy lawn. Adding fertilizer to your lawn in the early spring can help restore the soil to its normal levels and encourage lawn growth. You may have issues with acidity in your lawn, which you can test and repair by adding lime to your lawn when you add fertilizer.

Another problem that may result in brown grass is mowing your lawn at an improper setting. If you remove more than the top one-third of blade of grass when you mow than you are removing too much of the stem. This can result in a brown lawn that isn’t allowed to maintain a healthy height.

Brown patches

If you have patches that remain brown no matter what you do to encourage healthy growth, you may be having issues with your watering system. If your sprinklers aren’t covering your lawn adequately then you may leave certain spots to the fickle temperament of Mother Nature. This part of the lawn isn’t receiving the water it needs consistently to grow green and healthy.  You need to check your sprinklers every year to ascertain if it is covering all areas of your lawn.

Brown patches may also indicate an insect problem. Signs of infestations of white grub, cranberry girdler and sod worm can be brown patches of your lawn that lift up in one solid piece. If the infestation goes untreated it can affect large areas of your lawn, creating multiple brown patches.

If you have one area of your lawn that is consistently brown it may be a sign that a previous homeowner had a garden in that spot. If that garden was in the same location for many years it can deplete that area of soil of important nutrients. You may want to concentrate on that area when you aerate and fertilize your lawn in the spring so that you can bring that section up to par with the rest of your lawn.

If you have Utah lawn care problems that include bald patches, brown patches or a brown lawn feel free to contact us for help. We may be able to determine the cause of the problem and let you know what can be done to make your lawn a great place to spend the summer.

 

Utah Lawn Diseases

With the warmer May weather, you may think that you would see more signs of diseases or insects on you Utah lawn. The truth, however, is that many of the common diseases and insects do not appear until later in the year. They become dormant during the winter and do not revive until the warmer temperatures of summer.

You may see signs of cranberry girdler, sod worm or white grub this month if the weather is unusually warm, but this is rare. One disease you may see in May is actually a carry over from the winter months. There is a type of mold that can grow if the previous winter saw a rapid change in temperature between freezing and thawing. Your grass may appear to be “melting out” and have a purple tinge on the edges.

Mostly May is about prevention. You will want to train your lawn’s roots and create a mowing regimen that will encourage growth and discourage lawn care problems. A pre-emergent herbicide can also help keep your lawn green and healthy.

If you take care of your lawn in the spring you can often avoid many lawn care problems and adding chemicals to your lawn. If, however you find that you are having issues with your Utah lawn you can’t resolve, contact us for advice. We can help you determine what the problem may be and how we can help you.

May is often a great month for lawn care and you will see the growth of flowers, grass, and trees. Enjoy the beauty and the weather by spending time on your healthy Utah lawn in May, and may you enjoy it all summer long.

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