Armyworm

What to Know

             Armyworms wreaked havoc on lawns all across Central Ohio last season, something that hasn't happened in our area in over 25 years. While it is no guarantee that we will see them again, it is very likely that the changing climate of Columbus will make all lawns more susceptible to turf feeding insects such as chinch bug, billbug, sod webworm and many others. Warmer temperatures, high humidity (especially at night) and large hurricanes pushing farther north (how armyworms actually got here) are all contributing factors. In some cases, armyworms were eating entire lawns in less than 72 hours. Please keep in mind that early symptoms showed browned out areas in the lawn. Anytime you notice this, you should water each section of the lawn for 2-3 hours to soak the roots. If this does not perk the lawn back up, it is very likely you have some kind of insect activity. In many cases the heavy watering will bring the insects to the surface  where you can actually see them.

 

We are excited to announce that we will now be offering a one time preventative spray to control all turf feeding insects. This product allows us to spray in the late spring/early summer season to establish 90 days of control. Not only can you save yourself the stress of damage and watering, also in many cases the cost of reseeding. The unique properties of this product are very beneficial, versus spraying a rescue treatment to control turf feeding insects that only provides protection for 14 days, potentially leading to multiple additional sprays. We are now strongly recommending that all customers receive this application to protect their lawn. Please contact us for scheduling and pricing for your individual lawn.

 

           The fall armyworm has arrived and is wreaking havoc on Central Ohio lawns! Armyworms are offspring of moths, they feed on the canopy of grass causing browning and distress. In many cases the loss of the plant canopy exposes the crown of the plant to the sun and heat (this is the real danger). It is important to remember that the root system is intact during an infestation so proper watering and fertilizer can keep the lawn alive and allow it to recover and push up new growth. Armyworm webs are laid on upright items like fences, swing sets, mailboxes, tree trunks, light poles, decks and many other things. Check first near these areas as they are some of the first to show signs of stress. Contact us today if you think your lawn has been affected

Signs of Stress

 

Total Infestation