Turf Disease Control
When it comes to lawn care, fungus diseases can be some of the most difficult pests to get rid of. Sooner or later, just about every turfgrass area will develop various disease problems. While some are completely benign, others may completely ruin parts of your lawn. At Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest, we provide effective prevention methods and treatments for lawn diseases. Protect your landscape from the damage caused by these types of diseases.
How & When Do Lawn Diseases Strike?
Fungi—microscopic organisms that are found everywhere and are spread by water, air, animals, etc.—usually cause plant diseases. Certain varieties of turf are more susceptible to certain diseases than others, and they are under different cultural practices. That is why one lawn may have a disease problem while another next-door may be fine. Most diseases we see are warm-weather diseases that are more severe during high rainfall and high humidity. May and June are the months when most turf diseases do their damage. During the summer months, the humidity levels are generally lower, unless a homeowner is irrigating excessively. Fall provides another opportunity for fungi to infect turf, especially during rainy periods. At Dr. Tex, we treat for:
• Spring Dead Spot – Spring dead spot is one of the most troublesome diseases of bermuda grass. It is caused by a fungus that infects the turf in the fall. However, symptoms do not appear until the following spring with large circular dead spots, which do not green-up with the rest of the bermuda grass.
• Brown Patch – Brown patch is a problem disease we see from about mid-May through November. This disease typically causes damage to St. Augustine lawns.
• Dollar Spot – Dollar spot is a summer disease of bermuda grass and zoysia grass. Fungicides are usually not justified, as a good application of nitrogen fertilizer should help the turf recover just fine.
• Large Patch – Large patch is a mid-spring and mid-fall disease mainly infecting zoysiagrass, but that can also infect bermuda grass during extreme damp conditions and mild temperatures.
• Winterkill – Winterkill refers to any severe damage or death sustained by the turf during the winter months. On average, we can experience fairly severe winterkill of bermudagrass about every 15-20 years or so, with the last bad year being 2001. So, we are about due for a bad year.
• Take All Patch – Take All Patch is a soil born turf fungus that can affect any turf grass. Normally, it is found around Live Oak trees and the affected areas are bare spots or crescent shaped places in the lawn. If not treated, it will slowly spread, killing the turf. It is best treated with 2 special fungicides and alternating them throughout the year, totaling 4 treatments annually.
Best Flea & Tick Control
If you have pets, fleas and ticks can be a problem pest to control. Ticks can also cause human health problems with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, and other tick-born diseases. Fleas and ticks can multiple rapidly and can infest pets, people, and even inside of your home.
To best control fleas and ticks, a homeowner should treat both the animals and the landscape around the home. Even treating inside carpet areas is sometimes needed in severe cases. There are many products available to apply directly to your pets which work well with consistent treatments. Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest can help with consistent lawn treatments also, which can be applied at the same time as a regular lawn care fertilization treatment. Many homeowners have us add the granular insecticide treatment to their summer and early fall services, with an additional fee for the insecticide applied. An added benefit to this is the control of other insect pests, such as ants and spiders.
Another option to consider for flea and especially tick control is to subscribe to our Mosquito Control Program, which consists of 8 applications of an insecticide mist sprayed in your landscape, around your home, and especially in the backyard. In addition to controlling mosquitoes, these products have the added benefit of helping to control fleas and ticks around the home. Keeping your lawn clear of high grass and weeds is also important for tick control especially.
For more information on Flea & Tick Control, contact us today!
Best Grub & Insect Control
Your lawn is a part of the living outdoor environment. Though most residential or commercial lawns are not necessarily naturally made, they are still part of an invaluable ecosystem. Like all other types of grass, landscape, shrubbery, or grassland, insects and bugs are simply just a part of balancing the natural ecology.
Most insects are beneficial to grass and can aid in the process of decomposition or serve as a valuable part of the food chain. In other instances however, insects can become pests that damage your lawn and prohibit healthy growth. When insects, bugs, or other pests become an issue, they can prevent your lawn from growing or could even cause lawn disease on your property. Furthermore, when colonies reach big enough sizes, they can begin to enter your home and create further damages.
At Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest, we are always looking for ways to improve our services to our customers while at the same time looking for opportunities to use products that are better for our environment. That commitment has led us to change our Grub Control program starting in the 2018 season.
We are moving away from products that contain imidacloprid, which has been linked (in some cases unfairly) to the decline in pollinators. A newer chemistry has been tested and is now available for lawn care providers that provides better control, especially of grubs, but has no impact on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This product, Acelepryn, rather than having to be applied twice a year at precise times, is effective with just one application, usually in April and provides season-long control.
With that in mind, we have discontinued our previous Grub Control program that offered two granular applications each season. We have moved everyone over to the new program.
Common Insect Infestations
Some common insect infestations include:
- Grub worms
- Fire ants
- Chinch bugs
- Army worms
- Bermuda grass mites
- Fleas and ticks
Perimeter Pest Control
You can avoid insect problems in your home with seasonal treatments of insecticide around the perimeter of your home. Insects can invade your home through foundation cracks, dryer vents, window frames, and other openings from the outside. Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest provides a Perimeter Pest Control Service, which consists of four timely treatments of both a liquid and a granular insecticide applied around your entire home.
This service will provide a barrier around your home, lessening the chances of insect problems developing inside your home. Although it’s not perfect, with our 4-Step Service providing treatments about every two months, from spring through fall, you’ll have fewer insect pests to deal with.
Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest is licensed through the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Service (TDASPCS) for your safety and peace of mind. And . . . it is the law! TDA #778900
Why Choose Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest?
Though you may be tempted to reach for off-the-shelf insecticides or other products, we encourage you to rely on professional help. Do not risk a major insect control job on your own. Though your intentions may be good, you could be purchasing a product that could be putting your lawn, your family, or your pets in serious danger. By working with Dr. Tex, we can utilize effective products that not only get rid of your insect problem, but do not harm people, pets, or the environment! Most importantly, we offer competitive prices that can suit any budget and comprehensive lawn control services to suit any need.
- We are licensed Top Choice applicators.
- We use revolutionary products to eliminate pests and insects safely.
- We utilize eco-friendly methods that out perform conventional methods.
- We perform free, on-site lawn evaluations to determine the extent of the infestation.
- We know what, when, and how to apply the proper products to effectively control your insect problems.