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Common Lawn Problems

  • 1. Grubs

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    Beetle larvae feeding on grass roots causes irregular dead spots, which becomes more apparent in the fall. Dead turf pulls up easily, like a rug, and small animals often dig in lawn to feed on grubs.

    1.  Grubs
  • 2. Sod Webworm

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    Small caterpillars feeding on grass cause irregular dead spots; at night, moths can be seen too. Check for webworms by soaking area with soapy water, which brings larvae to the surface.

    2.  Sod Webworm
  • 3. Dollar Spot

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    Fungal pathogen on blades causes small, brown and somewhat sunken spots in closely mowed turf. Look for tan spots with a reddish brown border on grass blades.

    3.  Dollar Spot
  • 4. Fairy Rings

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    When fungi attacks organic material below the soil (i.e. an old tree stump), nitrogen is released that causes grass to grow a contrasting green ring and for mushrooms to appear after heavy rain.

    4.  Fairy Rings
  • 5. Turf Rust

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    Powdery orange or yellowish-orange spores can develop on grass, especially when the weather is dry, the lawn is growing very slowly or there is insufficient nitrogen.

    5.  Turf Rust
  • 6. Snow Mold

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    In spring, long or leaf-covered grass often has a web-like fungus that causes circular patches of brown, matted turf.

    6.  Snow Mold
  • 7. Wild Violets

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    Wild violet is an aggressive weed with small purple flowers amid thick clumps, especially in damp, shady spots in your yard.

    7.  Wild Violets
  • 8. Creeping Charlie

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    Creeping Charlie has long stems that root at the leaf nodes and spread quickly. Look for kidney bean-shaped leaves and small purplish blue flowers on this edible perennial.

    8.  Creeping Charlie
  • 9. Quackgrass

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    Easily confused for crabgrass, quackgrass is a similar but perennial weed with long, tapered blades that stand out and a tough root system that can choke out turfgrass.

    9.  Quackgrass
  • 10. Crabgrass

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    Crabgrass has broad leaves and stems that form flat clumps. Lighter green than turf grasses, it re-seeds every spring if left untreated.

    10.  Crabgrass

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