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Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

Posted by johnb352 9 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 3, 10 at 11:35

I was in the yard today and a lawn treatment salesman stopped by. Completmented me on our new Zoysia lawn. He had seen it last year when it was St. Augustine... a mess.

I have used these companies in the past, and in my opinion, in Florida, they're all crooks. I'd like to avoid using them if at all possible.

Our lawn looks perfect. There was nothing to really sell us on. But he warned that "Zoysia is prone to fungus". And then he picked out a piece of grass that he pulled close to the ground, not on top. And it had some red in it. And he said that was a fungus. Something that begins with "r". Not Red Thread, some scientific sounding word :-)

What could this have been? Is it a fungus? What can the homeowner buy to treat or prevent fungus in Zoysia lawns?


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

John

Might want to look at my thread:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/lawns/msg0815263910143.html?5

Might help.

Mike


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

He is using fear as his sales pitch. Billbugs will be the most common problem for Empire, if you have any problems.


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

He is probable talking about rhizotonia fungus aka Brown Patch. Best advice is to follow proper lawn care by not over-watering especially the wrong time of day, and over fertilizing.

If you have a fungus problem, use what the pros use, Daconil.


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

Here are symptoms to compare the two.

I have empire in florida, I have let my grass get very high, 4+ inches this summer during the rain. I have not noticed any fungi other than a few mushrooms.

the difference is how they start, the fungus looks like wet grass where the billbug just looks dry and dead.

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Brown Patch fungus
On warm season turf grasses, the disease is characterized by at least two different types of symptoms. The most common is a circular pattern of brown grass with a yellowish ring (smoke ring) of wilted grass on the perimeter of the diseased area. The leaves can be easily pulled from the stolons with the smoke ring because the fungus destroys the tissue at the base of the leaf. Symptoms first appear as small circular patches of water-soaked, dark grass that soon wilt and turn light brown. Stolons often remain green as the disease develops, the circular patches enlarge, smoke-rings become apparent and new green leaves may emerge in the center of the circular areas.

Bill bugs cause the most damage when they are larvae, and can spread and destroy large sections of grass if not contained or killed. Small circles that get bigger and overlap, creating a large kill area.
Common signs of Bill Bug problems are dead spots on your lawn that don't recover from watering.


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

He is probable talking about rhizotonia fungus aka Brown Patch

Yup, I think that was the word.


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RE: Empire Zoysia - billbugs

I have not noticed any fungi other than a few mushrooms
This seems to be "the year of the mushroom" here in Florida.

Other than mushrooms, the lawn has no problems.

What time of year should I treat for billbugs?


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

There are two methods of control. Nemotodes, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam are quite effective, and applied in early spring before eggs are laid and hatched. Once hatched, insecticides offer very limited control and usually do more than good by wiping out beneficial and predatory insects.


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

There are two methods of control. Nemotodes, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam are quite effective

I don't know what any of those are, so I googled it. Meotodes are round worms? How's that work?

Imadeclroprid is advertised as being a chemical in Grub-X. Ok.
And I guess thiamethoxam is another chemical. Didn't see any products in the search results.

So sounds like, using Grub-X in the spring would be good?


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

I don't know what any of those are, so I googled it. Meotodes are round worms? How's that work?

Neither one of us can spell worth a darn today. Try Beneficial Nematodes


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

Neither one of us can spell worth a darn today. Try Beneficial Nematodes

Ok, that makes sense. Thanks.


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RE: Empire Zoysia - fungus to be aware of?

I tell you I dont know about the fungus but Im thrilled beyond believe at the empire zoysia ! I was just sick of my SA browning and dyeing and needing resodding so I switched half of my yard over. That stuff is soooo soft,lovely and green.I even laid in the stuff picnic-style...Im in JAX Fla never again to SA !


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