When should I apply the granular Arena Insecticide to my St. Augustine lawn?

Charlynn B
by Charlynn B
  6 answers
  • 3po3 3po3 on May 03, 2012
    Here is a suggestion from your Florida Cooperative Extension office: "Southern chinch bug management has relied on the preventive use of insecticides (Table 1). Some low maintenance lawns may be treated infrequently, but those under high maintenance may be treated every 2-3 months. If possible, use spot treatments when localized infestations are first noticed and damage is minimal, rather than broadcast applications." More information is in this document: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/lh036 Hope that helps.
  • Charlynn B Charlynn B on May 04, 2012
    Thank you Steve.
  • Pam Pam on May 04, 2012
    Steve, what does chinch bug damage look like on St. Augustine grass. I have been attempting to get my St. Augustine to take over my yard for years but it's been slow moving. Of course I have neighbors who walk their dogs around y courtyard and the animals love to put up the runners and chew on them and, of course I have the doggie urine which kills my grass. I am an animal lover, but I'd love their animals to stay away from MY yard.
  • 3po3 3po3 on May 04, 2012
    Charlynn, you are welcome. Glad I could help. Pam, the link I posted above should answer your questions about chinch bug damage. As far as the dogs, there are some suggestions here: http://www.hometalk.com/diy/q-i-need-something-to-put-on-my-lawn-that-repels-dogs-from-doing-their-business-on-it-86444 You could also search for "dogs on lawn" at the top of the page for more discussions and ideas for repelling the neighbors' dogs.
    I need something to put on my lawn that repels dogs from doing their business on it.
  • Pam Pam on May 04, 2012
    Thanks Steve. I'll check this out.
  • Nancy Phillips Nancy Phillips on Jul 25, 2014
    Steve, My St Augustine lawn has yellow spots. I've determined it's not chinch bugs but perhaps a lack of iron, even though I routinely apply grass food. What can I do to release the iron that may be trapped in the soil? Or any other suggestions?