Category Archives: Turf

Fire Ants

Fire Ants by Byron Chitwood, Master Gardener. It’s that time of the year when you begin to notice that you have fire ants in your yard or pasture. Actually, they have been there all through the winter. They just set up housekeeping deeper underground to avoid the cold. Now that the temperature has warmed up, they have moved closer to the surface of the ground, especially after a rain. As the water level rises after a rain, fire ants will build a fluffy mound above the surface of… Read More →

Texas Turf Grass

Texas Turf Grass by Wanda Loras. Seven years ago, I moved to Hunt County.  My neighbors told me the soil in our neighborhood would not grow anything.  I had many oak trees, sand, weeds and a miniscule amount of Bermuda grass.  In my ignorance of what was best for my site, I chose St. Augustine grass. It would take a book to explain all the problems I have encountered with my St. Augustine turf in the last six years.  Due to diseases and not understanding how important soil… Read More →

Brown Patch

Brown Patch by Charles Bohmfalk It is that time of the year when we are now entering the fall season that brings cooler weather and humid, rainy conditions.  These conditions when the overnight temperatures are below 70° F and the daytime temperatures are in the 75° F to 85° F range can lead to many problems in the lawn.  Brown patch is one of the lawn diseases that becomes a real problem in our lawns during the cooler and more humid weather conditions in the fall and early… Read More →

Cool Weather Lawn Problems

Cool Weather Lawn Problems by Charles Bohmfalk We are now entering the fall season that brings cooler weather and humid, rainy conditions.  Lawn diseases become a bigger problem with these conditions that are more pleasant for us.  Brown patch is one of the lawn diseases that becomes a problem in our lawns during the cooler and more humid weather conditions in the fall and early winter months when night time temperatures are below 70° F and the daytime temperatures are in the 75° F to 85° F range. … Read More →

Lawn Care

Lawn Care by Charles Bohmfalk Mowing is the most important part of lawn care.  A lawn should be cut to the appropriate height.  Since most of the lawns in this area are common bermuda or St. Augustine, I will address most of my comments to those grasses.  Common bermuda grass lawns should be mowed when they reach approximately 2 1/4 inches in height and mowed to a height of 1 1/2 inches.  St. Augustine and most other grasses in our area should be cut when they reach 3… Read More →

Fire Ants

Fire Ants by PJ LaRue Smith It’s a perfect day, you’ve got a glass of iced tea in one hand, lounging in your favorite lawn chair, and all is well in your world. Suddenly, OUCH, OUCH, OUCH! Iced tea and chair go flying in two different directions, and you’re up like a shot doing a wild slapping, stomping dance. To anyone living in the southern US, the reason for this bizarre behavior is obvious – fire ants! The “imported red fire ant”, is the one most are familiar… Read More →

Got Grubs?

Got Grubs? by DeAnna Hambly Dry wilted grass or areas where grass has disappeared completely could be signs of a grub infestation in the lawn. Another sign, holes in the soil, may indicate that crows or gophers are digging for grubs. Grubs are the most destructive insects to a lawn, and if left untreated they can destroy an entire lawn very quickly. Grubs are the immature stage (larvae) of the adult beetle (Japanese, June or others). They are white or cream colored, have a C-shaped body and vary… Read More →