Whats Wrong With This Picture

I take real good care of my yard and grass. I have trugreen and I noticed this today. Granted we have had a weeks worth of rain, but could this be from that or is it cinch bugs? He did spray for it on Tuesday
whats wrong with this picture, landscape
whats wrong with this picture, landscape
whats wrong with this picture, landscape
  9 answers
  • Jayme Renee Jayme Renee on Jun 06, 2013
    I'm not an expert, but it looks a lot like our yard. We have Japanese beetles that eat away at the root system, until the morph into ugly beetles that come and eat all the flowers then lay a ton of eggs back into your lawn.. only to start the process all over again. If you dig up a small section of that area and see nasty white grubs you'll know if that's the problem. Like I said, I'm not an expert but that would be my guess. We use Scott's grubX in June to kill the larva before they develop into adults, and then again in late Sept to kill any of the eggs that might have been laid. Good Luck!!

  • Could be a combo of both lack of water and the treatments placed upon the lawn. Get the water back down and see if it comes back, I suspect it will green back up once it gets wet again. Sometimes lack of water and chemical treatments can shock vegetation and cause all sorts of issues.

  • Susan Cryor Susan Cryor on Jun 08, 2013
    sod web worms. Moths fly at night, drop their eggs, the eggs hatch into brown, greenish worms about 1 inch long. They eat the grass off at the roots. Use some soapy water. Pour just where the brown meets the green, as they will be heading to "greener pastures" for food. You can also flood the area with water; which ever way you go, soapy water or water, you will see these worms come up. You can use NEEM oil anywhere to control them. It is 100 percent safe for pets, humans and beneficial insects like lady bugs, bees, mantis etc. This time of year, after a rain, you can see adult birds with babies getting them, they actually dig them out and teach the babies how to get food. No, NEEM oil will not harm the birds. Sod web worms work fast, so you need to as well. If you have light out there at night, turning it off will help with the moth finding your yard. Yes, they will destroy flowers as well.

  • Bernice P Bernice P on Jun 08, 2013
    looks like grubs to me

  • Maggievanfossan Maggievanfossan on Jun 08, 2013
    Contact your local county Master Gardeners office. They will tell you how to bring a sample in to identify, and know what's common in your area. Try digging into it to examine the roots. You may be able to take photos and send to your MG's. They'll tell you what they need for identification.

  • Kelley Conaghan Kelley Conaghan on Jun 08, 2013
    It could be brown patch or large patch, two different fungi that attack turfgrass

  • Christina Hough Christina Hough on Jun 08, 2013
    yeah I'd say that treating dry grass is not a very good idea

  • Anneinspiring Anneinspiring on Jun 09, 2013
    Cut worms could be a problem or fungal infestation.

  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jun 20, 2013
    Grubs, or some other larvae eating at root level. Dig up a sample area and have it tested..