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  • Surf City, NC

    Q. I have a problem with an area in my front lawn. The area is irregular, but approximately 3 ft. x 4 ft. I have a irrigation system, but for some reason this area seems to dry out during the summer regardless of how much water I give it. The grass seems to wilt during the hot part of the day. It comes back after it's irrigated, but the next day, it's wilted again. What's going on??

    A. It sounds to me like your soil is Hydrophobic in this spot. Hydrophobic soils have a compound coating the soil or sand particles, which will actually form beads on the soil surface, and repel water. This can reduce the amount of water penetrating into the soil, thus inhibiting your grass from taking up moisture. This is a common occurrence on sandy type soils. My suggestion would be to remove the grass in this spot during early summer, cut out or remove as much of the existing soil as you can, and replace with good topsoil. Of course, keep this area well watered during periods of low rainfall during the summer.

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  • Sneads Ferry, NC

    Q. In the early spring, we get these small sandy mounds appearing all over our backyard. In the middle of the mound there is a small round hole about the size of a pencil. Can you tell me what's causing this?

    A. It could be one of several things; however because of the time of year, it sounds like ground bees. These are generally harmless, solitary bees that are simply burrowing in the ground to lay eggs. The process typically ends by March or April and little or no damage is done to the lawn areas. These bees are terrific pollinator's and important to our ecosystem.

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  • Hampstead, NC

    Q. I have a St. Augustine lawn. It seems to do fairly well except around the pine trees in the front yard. I am starting to see irregular shaped arcs and half circular dead areas appearing. It seems to be getting worst each year, particularly toward the end of the summer. After rains, we sometimes get large puff balls sprouting up!

    A. This sound like a disease called Fairy Ring. There are several different strains of this fungus, some result in mushrooms, some may not. These fungi live off of decaying organic matter in the soil. The trees in your yard likely have dead or decaying roots under the soil. The decomposition of decaying matter releases an ammonium barrier, which actually impedes your grasses from utilizing water and nutrients. The soil can become hydrophobic , thus killing the grass. There are some fungicide materials available that may help minimize the damage from Fairy Ring. A few cultural practices that may help include core aeration, increasing the irrigation to these areas during periods of drought, and if possible, removing any dead wood from the soil.

  • Topsail Beach, NC

    Q. Someone told me that I have pearl bugs and so do most of my neighbors. I heard they can be harmful to the health of my lawn. What can we do about this?

    A. Move! Seriously, I would first have one of our Freedom Lawns Turfgrass specialists examine your lawn and see if it indeed is a ground pearl problem, or perhaps something else. Ground pearls are a member of the scale family. Ground pearls are common along the sandy soils of the southeastern United States. They can adversely effect most warm season turf types but are particularly troublesome on Centipede lawns. We have seen less visible damage on Celebration Bermuda grass, and a few of the newer Zoysia varieties. Presently, there are no effective chemical controls for ground pearls. The damage from Ground Pearl is generally more noticeable during the late summer and fall on lawns that are under stress from lack of water. The best way to cope with ground pearl activity is to keep the lawn out of drought stress, start to establish more tolerant grass types, and call your Freedom lawns professionals for a special fertilization schedule to keep your lawn healthy!

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  • Burgaw, NC

    Q. My Camellia never seems to flower the way it should. It seems to get flower buds, and then they either die or when they do open, the flower is brown. What should I do?

    A. It could be one or more different problems. This sounds Camellia petal blight for sure. This is a common fungus that can occur on camellias in the early spring. As the flower opens , brown areas appear . Within a day or two the entire bloom is brown and will fall off the plant. Good sanitation practices are important to prevent this disease from spreading. Collect all spent flowers and discard of them as soon as you can. To help control this disease, a fungicide that is labeled for Camellia petal blight should be applied. Several treatments will be required. Your Freedom Lawns Plant health care specialist can help with this.

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