1. Aphids in the Landscape

    Do you have ornamental trees and shrubs in your landscape that have leaves that are turning black? Well, the culprit may be aphids.  Aphids are very small, between 1/16 and 1/8 inches long, oval-shaped insects. They can be a variety of colors including yellow, green, red, orange, black, or white. They have two tube-like cornicals on the abdomen, that protrude backwards out of the hind end. These …Read More

  2. Spring Dead Spot

    Spring Dead Spot is a prevalent disease in Bermuda grass; it can be very persistent and destructive. It is caused by harsh winters where Bermuda has been exposed to freezing temperatures for extended periods of time. It may also be observed in Zoysia grass, although less frequently. It especially occurs in turf with a heavy thatch layer or turf that is three to six years old. As the turf comes out…Read More

  3. Henbit

    Henbit is a broadleaf, winter annual that germinates in the fall or winter. In the winter months, it grows during any periods of warm weather. Unless there are periods of unusually warm weather, it will mostly stay dormant during the winter. It will resume growth and produce seed in the spring. In February through June, it produces purple tube-shaped flowers in clusters above the upper leaves. The…Read More

  4. Azalea Lace Bugs

    Azalea lace bugs can often go undetected until the plants they attack show severe damage. They feed on the underside of the leaf by piercing and then sucking the sap out of the plant. This inhibits the azalea’s ability to produce food and also causes it to be more vulnerable to damage from other insects or even diseases. Reoccuring infestations can even cause the azalea to die. The bugs lay thei…Read More

  5. What is this dark matter on my grass?

    It may be slime mold. Slime mold does not harm the turf and instead eats the dead organic matter, bacteria and other molds. The only reason to remove it is if you don’t like how it looks aesthetically. Treatments are ineffective and the organism may be better left alone. The individual spores of slime mold can be cream, pink, blue, orange or red. When they mass together, the appearance can be qu…Read More

  6. Cultural Control for Disease Prevention

    There are many factors that come into play when it comes to your turf’s health. The most beneficial action you take is to ensure your lawn is being managed properly. Frequent mowing at the correct height is crucial to turf health. Not mowing often enough will result in stressed turf once it is cut, making it more susceptible to disease. High humidity with warm temperatures, which is expected in …Read More

  7. Poa annua Control in Southern Lawns

    Poa annua is the most common winter weed in southern lawns.  This grass is also commonly known as annual bluegrass and is distinguished by the boat-shaped leaves on the plant, with the tip of the leaf curving up like the bow of a boat. Poa annua is a cool season grass that germinates during the early fall when soil temperatures drop below 70 degrees.  Each small plant can produce around one hund…Read More

  8. Overseeding Your Fescue Lawn

    Summer is winding down and fall is on the way.  For Fescue lawns it is the perfect time of year to begin preparations for aerating and overseeding. Tall Fescue is a cool season turfgrass, so re-establishing areas of the lawn that have declined from the summer heat can be done by this process.  Unlike other grasses in the Metro Atlanta area, Fescue does not have rhizomes or stolons. Without these…Read More

  9. Armyworms

    Does your lawn look like it went dormant overnight? You may have armyworms! Armyworms are turf damaging insects that have their name due to the way they travel through the lawn eating the green blades from the grass.  These little guys are actually caterpillars.  The adult armyworm is a nocturnal moth active during humid, warm summer evenings.  The adult female lays her eggs in masses of 50 to…Read More

  10. Why Core Aeration?

    Core aeration removes plugs of soil from the lawn allowing oxygen, water, and nutrients to penetrate into the soil. Core aeration breaks up the compaction of soil, which can result from heavy traffic such as kids playing on the lawn, pets being active on the lawn, or from your heavy mower packing down the soil each time you mow. Turf that is not core-aerated once a year may also be crowned with a …Read More