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Tips for Summer Lawn Care
It is best to let the lawn go dormant during the hot, dry weather. When the grass is dormant though, there are still a few things to watch out for such as insects and foot traffic.
Even though the lawn is dormant, the grass may be susceptible to damage from insects, such as fall armyworms, sod webworms or grubs.
Fall armyworms(Spodoptera frugiperda) can be damaging to lawns under stress. The larval stage of a small moth, fall armyworms vary from green to brown or black, with a dark head, marked by an inverted Y on the face and a stripe on each side. The caterpillar is about 1 inch long.
There are several species of caterpillars called sod webworms. If there are a lot of birds pecking in the lawn, look for the worms or moths. There will be spotted caterpillars about three-fourths of an inch long or dull, buff or gray moths about three-fourths of an inch long. The moths usually are facing downward on a blade of grass or flying in a zigzag pattern in the air. Large infestations can do a lot of damage to a lawn already under stress.
If your grass had large brown spots at the end of last summer, sections of the lawn lifted like a piece of carpet from the ground, or you noticed skunks digging in the lawn, chances are your lawn had grubs. If you had any of these signs of grub damage last year, treat the lawn this year.
What to do
If you want to treat for an infestation of one of these insects, consider Mach 2, which also controls chafers and cutworms. For more information about this season-long control, click here.