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How to Control Chinch Bugs

How to Control Chinch Bugs

Sometimes those brown patches in your lawn are not caused by billbugs or lawn fungus. Another insect that is causing damage to Treasure Valley lawns is the chinch bug. Adult chinch bugs are about one-fifth of an inch long and black with white wings folded over their backs. The insect mates early in the season when the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The female lays eggs on roots, stems, leaves, leaf sheaths or crevices in nodes and other protected places. Eggs are laid over a 2 to 3 week period, with one female laying as many as 500 eggs.

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Monthly Watering Guide for Lawns

Monthly Watering Guide for Lawns

Many people have been requesting a monthly lawn watering guide.  I have hesitated to create it for awhile because it is a really difficult question to answer in a broad sense.  There are just too many variables.  So, what I decided to do is separate the year into its seasons.  From there, I can tell you what I do for my lawn.  At the end, will be a list of some of the things you should look out for and be aware of.  The most important thing to remember is, our lawns only need one inch of water a week to be happy.  How they get that, will vary from lawn to lawn.    Many people have been requesting a monthly lawn watering guide.  I have hesitated to create it for awhile because it is a really difficult question to answer in a broad sense.  There are just too many variables.  So, what I decided to do is separate the year into its seasons.  From there, I can tell you what I do for my lawn.  At the end, will be a list of some of the things you should look out for and be aware of.  The most important thing to remember is, our lawns only need one inch of water a week to be happy.  How they get that, will vary from lawn to lawn.

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Preventing Crabgrass

Preventing Crabgrass

Crabgrass is very often incorrectly identified. Crabgrass is an annual plant; it comes up from seed every spring. It develops into an aggressive spreading plant in June through July. Very often people confuse crabgrass with other perennial grasses. These grasses are present in lawns year round. The majority of perennial grasses can not be selectively controlled.

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