Lawn Discolored And Dying? It Could Be Chinch Bugs

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If your lawn is discolored and dying and there is no apparent cause, it can be difficult to deal with. There are many things that can cause this to happen, and one thing is the chinch bug. Below is some information about this, as well as what you can do about it.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs have white and black bodies and they break into the blades of grass to suck the juices. A toxin is released into the grass which will cause brown, dead spots that will spread over time. If not taken care of, most of your lawn will eventually die. Chinch bugs love the sun so you will likely see no damaged grass in shady areas. These bugs can fly so it is difficult to keep them off your lawn.

On a sunny day, slide your foot along the blades of grass and see if you see any bugs crawl on your shoes. Another way you can determine if you have chinch bugs is to use a large gallon can, such as a coffee can. Cut both ends out of the can and press it approximately two or three inches into the soil. Fill the can full with soapy water and wait a few minutes. If you have chinch bugs, you should see them float to the surface. Do this in different locations on your lawn.

Fortunately, there are insecticides you can purchase that are specifically made to kill chinch bugs. You can purchase these products at garden centers or online. Follow the directions on how to apply them correctly. If you have a heavy infestation of chinch bugs, you may need to repeat the process again in a couple of weeks.

Hydroseeding

If you have a heavy infestation of chinch bugs, your likely have a lot of dead areas on your lawn. One way to quickly get it back to looking healthy again is to remove the lawn, and then you can use hydroseeding to plant new grass. This is a grass planting procedure that uses a slurry of seed and mulch. There may be other ingredients mixed in, such as green dye and fertilizer. The mixture is placed into a tank that is generally mounted on a trailer or a truck. The slurry is then sprayed onto your lawn with a sprayer hose that is attached to the tank.

Hydroseeding evenly distributes the seed over the ground, which can be difficult to do if you apply the seed by hand. This is because it can be difficult to see where the seed actually is on the soil.

You should start seeing new grass growing in a few days, and in a few weeks your will have a beautiful lawn again.

If you continue to see dead spots on your lawn, contact a landscape contractor to help you determine what the problem is. Contact a business, such as Bark Blowers & Hydroseeding Inc, for more information about growing new grass.   

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