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Chinch bugs have been defeated

My lawn is still recovering from the onslaught of chinch bugs last summer. Fertilization by Scotts Lawn Service, and some overseeding by me, have helped it recover. By last fall, it had greatly improved. There are still a few small patches that have yet to fill in completely but it’s looking much better than it did.

lawn repaired after chinch bug damage

The area in the foreground (above ↑ photo) looked like this last September (below ↓ photo). I did not reseed this section. It only received fertilizer, so that illustrates the power of feeding to cause the bluegrass to grow new rhizomes for thickening the lawn.

chinch bug damage

An Update On Chinch Bug Lawn Repair

In September I wrote about the chinch bug damage that I had in my lawn. The critters did a lot of damage throughout my neighborhood. As they suck out the juices of the grass plant, they inject a toxin that kills the plant so if the damage is to large areas, re-seeding is required. Some neighbors had their entire front lawn demolished.

I hired Terra Horticulture* to aerate the lawn prior to the final September weed & feed application from Scotts Lawn Service. I seeded the areas that were “larger than a dinner plate” knowing that the areas smaller than that would eventually fill in with the bluegrass rhizomes. Then in mid-October I applied Scotts® Green Max which contains iron to give an extra green boost to the grass.

Here’s a “before & after” photo of a section of the back yard that was damaged.

Chinch Bug Repair

This section of the front lawn didn’t sustain as much damage, but it has responded nicely to the Green Max fertilizer. These photos were taken about a month ago.
Front lawn fall 2012

With the continued rains during November and frequent leaf raking, my lawn is now going into winter looking really good considering how bad it looked in August.

* Later I also had Terra edge the beds, prune the ornamental grasses and add mulch. Let THEM do the back-breaking work!

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Nasty Critters – Chinchbugs

Many homeowners in southern Delaware County had spotty-looking lawns this summer. The very hot, dry weather was perfect for the chinch bugs to come out. They quietly chewed away while we were thinking the lawn just needed rain. Well the rains came and we ended up with polka-dot lawns.

I use Scotts Lawn Service so when they came out for a treatment, I asked the technician what my problem was. CHINCH BUGS! I had not had an insect treatment done due to low-rider Murph. Don’t want him exposed to the insecticide if I can prevent it. So now I have to repair all the dead grass in my lawn.

I have “connections” at Terra Horticulture, so they aerated my lawn. (See my daughter)

I applied fertilizer on Sunday, and will be sowing the grass seed soon when we’re to have some rain so I can avoid a high water bill. I used Scotts® Green Max based on the suggestion of a Scotts friend. We’ll see if his suggestion works. I’ll post pix when all this works and my lawn is a gorgeous dark green.

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