- Take the Chinch Bug Test
If your lawn has brown patches in midsummer, it may be caused by chinch bugs. These pests
are most prevalent on St. Augustine grass, but they will also affect bluegrass, fescue,
and zoysia as well. Try the following test:
1. Cut out both ends of a coffee can.
2. Press it into the grass and fill it with water.
3. If more than 20 1/4-inch-long, orange-brown to black bugs float to the surface, then
you have a problem that needs a control. Water your lawn more, reduce the application of
nitrogen fertilizer and drench affected areas with insecticidal soap to kill the young
- Divide Groundcover Plants
Late July is a good time to divide thriving, clumping-type groundcovers such as liriope
and monkey grass in order to create new beds and to control erosion on banks. Here's how:
1. With a sharp shovel, dig up and divide the clumps into 4-inch-square pieces.
2. Prepare the new bed area by tilling the soil and mixing in some compost.
3. Plant the divisions 6 inches apart and keep them well watered
- Reapply Organic Mulches
Organic mulches such as bark, straw, and grass clippings that were applied around
vegetables, flowers, trees, and shrubs in spring should be checked and reapplied now.
Organic mulches will decompose during the summer, especially if the weather is hot and
wet. Add more mulch so that the layer is about 4 inches thick. If using grass clippings,
don't use grass from lawns that have been recently sprayed with herbicides.
- How to apply Fertilizer
Special thanks to the National Gardening Association
for contributing to the gardening tips.
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Revised: October 04, 2007.