Q: What is killing my palm trees? They are oozing at the trunk area and it smells awful. They seem to have dark, black sunken patches all over the trunk. A: This is indeed grave news for your… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
A: First conspicuous sign of infestation is large quantities of “frass” which is the fibrous, excrement from the larval form of a tiny moth called the Palm leaf skeletonizer, Homaledra sabalella. This moth feeds mostly on tissue between… Read More
Q: My lawn has been looking terrible and my lawn company told me I have sod webworms. What do they look like?
Q: My lawn has been looking terrible and my lawn company told me I have sod webworms. I have never seen any worms, what do they look like? A: Tropical sod webworm larvae are gray-green, have brown spots… Read More
Q: I am finding brown streaks across my St. Augustine grass and I am seeing the same problem in some of my neighbor’s yards too. What could be causing this problem?
A: Since we talked on the phone and you had several neighbors willing to meet, I went to your subdivision and conducted an extension program called “Troubleshooting Landscapes.” Once I saw your lawns it appeared to be chinch… Read More
A:What you probably have are the eggs of the armyworm, which is the larva of a moth. Armyworms are common pests found on grass and vegetables. One of the species of army worm prefers Bermuda grass and crabgrass,… Read More
My husband just came in from cutting the grass and he noticed some small tan-colored moths and some larger brown ones, also a few grasshoppers. How should we best rid our lawn of these pests?
Q: My husband just came in from cutting the grass and he noticed some small tan-colored moths and some larger brown ones, also a few grasshoppers. How should we best rid our lawn of these pests? I assume… Read More
Q: You often talk about not overusing Nitrogen fertilizers but isn’t it needed to keep the grass growing?
A: I am going to take a recent study and use parts of it to answer your question. Nitrogen is important for growth but we generally are using too much. A little fertilizer can perk up a St…. Read More
Q: I have small to large areas of my St. Augustine lawn which have yellowing blades. They can easily be pulled up and seem to be rotting. Some of the edges look like circles. The smaller areas are… Read More
A: I have seen dozens of grass specimens over the last 2 weeks – all of these had root decays and leaf spots on them caused by fungi. Many of these diseases have been caused by a combination… Read More
Q: Is it typical to find Black Widow spiders in this area? We found one (male) outside our back door (it’s dead and still there) and I am not a happy camper. I wondered if the spiders might… Read More