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Its better to start watering early in the season and keep to a schedule, Starting to water in mid July when the turf is showing stress will take alot more water to get the turf to respond. Water your lawn weekly if rain is scarce or your soil is poor. Otherwise, water only when rainfall is delayed more than 10 days.
Avoid walking on dormant lawns. Foot traffic and landscape equipment will crush the dry, delicate crowns, possibly damaging or killing the grass.
Kill them. Grubs, Webworms and Armyworms. Fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) can be damaging to lawns under stress. There are several species of caterpillars called sod webworms. If there are a lot of birds pecking in the lawn, look for the worms or moths. There will be spotted caterpillars about three-fourths of an inch long or dull, buff or gray moths about three-fourths of an inch long. The moths usually are facing downward on a blade of grass or flying in a zigzag pattern in the air. Large infestations can do a lot of damage to a lawn already under stress.
According to several Web sources, more than 60 million Americans own dogs and that means that many of these pet owners are facing the challenge of brown spots on their lawns. What causes the brown spot? It's just like over-fertilizing! There is a high nitrogen content in pet urine, which causes the urine to burn the grass. The number one thing pet owners can do to avoid brown spots is to water the area well within eight hours to dilute the high nitrogen level. When these spots go untreated you'll need to reach for the repair kit to green the grass back up. Grass repair kits are sold commercially or you can make your own by mixing sand, seed and slow-release fertilizer. (source MSNBC)
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