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Old 11-11-2018, 08:57 AM
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:37 PM
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Chinch Bugs or Grub Worms
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:50 PM
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I had the same thing. Ended up with Texas Am University web site. It looks like what is called Take All Root Rot. Running all over Florida. Go to your neighborhood box store or where ever you can buy peat moss. Put on 1/2 thick and water it in. It either raises or lower the PH I can't remember. But, it will kill the fungus. Good Luck.
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Go on Amazon you can order concert 2 fungicide it’s a combination of propiconazole and chlorthalonil take care of a lot of lawn problems , chlorthalonil is an eye irritant.
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Pretty sure you can not use weed and feed fert on St. Augustine if it is floritam variety. Bifen will not kill grubs btw, you will need a contact killer (carbaryl or trichlorfon)for grubs, then Merit 0.5G G as a preventative in June. Heritage G is a good fungicide, just treated our new zoysia lawn with it last week.


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Old 11-11-2018, 05:36 PM
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Too funny, trying to help a guy out, and moron calls me a liar (not reading thru worthless threads to get his sarcasm), but I did ask if he was serious. So, keyboard tough guys, good luck. PM me if you want to catch up for a beer
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Not fungus. Most likely from not enough water. I have seen this on my lawn. St. Augustine requires several heavy waterings per week. From what I have been told, most if not all of the sod we use comes from areas like Georgia. Growing from seedling is not recommended in this part of the country.

Bahia or pasture grass is less maintenance and actually starts to go dormant in the winter. Can survive with less water than St. Augustine.
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You need to get out and look at the thousands of acres of sod farms in FL. What you've been told is incorrect, unless you're in the very northernmost parts of FL.
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In SWF. I had 3 quotes from Sod companies 2 years back. All 3 were using Sod farms in Georgia. So maybe they were lying to me and you’re the expert?
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I would say they are lying to you. There are not large margins in sod, especially when adding transportation. Transportation into Florida is expensive because of lack of freight out. Transportation would have been four times as much. I guess the other question would be why buy from an area 2-3 hardiness areas away?
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No, I believe you are. So have at it, Professor.
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Liar. You can’t grow sod in Florida.
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Are you serious? If so, please come to Highlands County, drive to Highway 27 & 70 intersection, head east, and I will show you not only our sod farm but about 2500 acres of other sod farms. Closer to Polk County? Resmondo Sod Farm is a great supplier. Kissimmee? Yeah, that is where the annual Turfgrass producers meeting is held. Let me know moron.
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Ease up, champ. If you had read the whole thread, you’d have known he was being sarcastic. As it is, you look like the moron.

It it pains me to stand up for a FSU grad. Who, incidentally, is probably a moron too.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by airbrush View Post
unless you're in the very northernmost parts of FL.

Sod farms here too
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OP- I own a landscape/ irrigation company in Central Florida. From the picture I can tell you it is highly unlikely to be chinch bug damage. Chinch bug's suck the juice out of the grass leaf and once the damage is completed the leaf blade basically turns to dust. You will generally just see the turf air roots after the damage. You can clearly see the blade is still present.

There isn't any active appearance of brown or grey leaf spot. To me it looks like root rot was active.

Spray a fungicide multiple times and DO NOT MOW the grass for at least 2 weeks.

Right now we are in high fungus climate. When the air temp is between 74 and 88 degrees it will explode. Try to minimize the amount of irrigation to once a week. Also DO NOT, again DO NOT fertilize the turf until the temp has dropped below 74 degrees. If there is an active fungus fertilizing will it only feed the fungus.

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i think you’re safe as long as you don’t have a ruck. 34-26-2. 9 in a row.
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:17 AM
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i think you’re safe as long as you don’t have a ruck. 34-26-2. 9 in a row.
I think a Ruck is a breed of goat. I don’t have goats. 24-19-1 since Bowden and soon to be 8 of 9.
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I'm frugal as hell. My BIL says I'm a cheap Fk. But that's the pot calling the kettle black. I have tried several times to take care of my lawn myself to save a few bucks and it never worked out for me. By the time I noticed cinch bug damage it was too late. I may have taken care of the young mole crickets earlier this year but then got hit with sod web worms. Also this summer it was fungus with all the rain early. I went back to a lawn care company. A guy down the street put in a new front lawn this year and failed to take care of something. He'll be re-sodding a major part . I don't think he has a lawn care company.
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I'm frugal as hell. My BIL says I'm a cheap Fk. But that's the pot calling the kettle black. I have tried several times to take care of my lawn myself to save a few bucks and it never worked out for me. By the time I noticed cinch bug damage it was too late. I may have taken care of the young mole crickets earlier this year but then got hit with sod web worms. Also this summer it was fungus with all the rain early. I went back to a lawn care company. A guy down the street put in a new front lawn this year and failed to take care of something. He'll be re-sodding a major part . I don't think he has a lawn care company.
Yep, I have managed mine for years and years but finally got an estimate from a local lawn company. Turns out I was saving less than $200 a year doing it myself; I let them do it all except for fertilizing. I'll always do that part myself but coordinate with their treatments.
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3 pages of advice about a grass that isn't naturally sustainable in FL as a turf grass, to put down fertilizer, poison and chemicals that will invariably runoff.....how many of you advising this were also railing on the threads on here about our water quality?
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by chad.sfds View Post
3 pages of advice about a grass that isn't naturally sustainable in FL as a turf grass, to put down fertilizer, poison and chemicals that will invariably runoff.....how many of you advising this were also railing on the threads on here about our water quality?
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3 pages of advice about a grass that isn't naturally sustainable in FL as a turf grass, to put down fertilizer, poison and chemicals that will invariably runoff.....how many of you advising this were also railing on the threads on here about our water quality?
Post a recommendation, not an insult. please enlighten those who aren't as "in the know" as you.
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Post a recommendation, not an insult. please enlighten those who aren't as "in the know" as you.
There's always those; usually they don't like lawn work and are satisfied with what ever pops up. Nothing wrong with it but we're not all like that. When managed properly, there's not much that can runoff. Employers are licensed and lawn workers go through training to prevent such. When practices are right, a well maintained lawn can be more of a benefit than harm.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:02 AM
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There is also the amount of water necessary to maintain these "unnatural" lawns but I digress.
Everything "runs off" or you would not need to keep reapplying it.
All of those chemicals will end up in the ground water eventually They are seriously thinking about adding other chemicals to the list of things we test for when I do my state water quality samples to see just how pervasive they are in the water. We already do nutrients and the results are not pretty. (nitrogen and phosphorus)
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If you are worried about runoff, you can try beneficial nematodes in place of a pesticide. And fungus can be spot treated as necessary if you're vigilant for the early signs, but you can lower the odds of ever seeing it by not overwatering and being careful when you fertilize.
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