Issue with Raliegh SA in Virginia Beach

keithw(Zone 8)September 1, 2011

I have a well established Raliegh SA sod lawn (three years)

Within the past few weeks I have had a few areas that have browned up quickly. Some spots are small some are spreading. It looks like I have chinch bugs. Uh oh. What should I do?

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First determine if it is really chinch bugs or not. Very easy to do, look for them. If not it is likely SAD (Saint Augustine Decline)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 11:30PM
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keithw(Zone 8)

It appears to be. I checked the areas around the outer edge of the affected spots and found a large number of small bugs with a white spot on the back. I heavily treated the affected areas with bug spray and lightly treated the rest of the yard. I supposed I should follow up with a second treatment in a few weeks? I have never dethatched my yard but I have read that you cannot really do that with SA with a power rake because it'll pull out the grass. Is there a method to dethatch? Should I just aereate?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 7:06AM
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