How to maintain a thirsty lawn

The following recommendations were developed by Extension specialists at the University of Georgia. However, they are general enough to be relevant to every state on the East coast that is affected by the drought this summer. Click here for the original article, written by Mary Carol Sheffield.

Water correctly. In the absence of rainfall, established lawns need about 1 inch of water a week. Because the soil cannot absorb that much water at one time, which results in runoff, smaller volumes of water totaling 1 inch may need to be applied at separate times during the week. For example, two half-inch applications could be made three to four days apart. Continue reading

How to tell if you have chinch bug damage

Georgia FACES is the source of the following post. Original recommendations are for Georgians, but the information contained in the article is useful for homeowners throughout the Southeast. Author of the original article is Clint Thompson, University of Georgia. Some sentences have been edited to make the information more general to the Southeast.

The drought in the Southeast has damaged lawns and wilted gardens, but in many areas, the lack of rain has also brought on chinch bugs, a dry weather pest of St. Augustine and other turfgrass. Continue reading