Remedies for Chinch Bug Damage - An Organic Approach

Remedies for Chinch Bug Damage - An Organic Approach

Summer in the South means hot lawns that sometimes dry out. This is like a welcome sign for chinch bugs, especially near sidewalks and driveways. But don't worry, our guide will help you tackle these lawn pests quickly and safely.

Conquer lawn pests and disease with three key actions:

1.  Identify what's harming your lawn. 2.  Eliminate the root of the problem. 3.  Renew your lawn for quick recovery.

1.  Identifying Chinch Bugs

In hot Southern summers, chinch bugs love dry grass, especially near driveways and sidewalks. To spot them, try the 'Coffee Can Test.' Cut both ends off a metal can and place it in a green patch next to brown grass. Fill the can with water. If chinch bugs float up, it's time to act before they spread. Detecting and Eradicating Chinch Bugs -- The Bane of St. Augustine  Lawns/Grass, | St augustine grass care, Grass care, St augustine grass Note: If you spot chinch bugs, act fast. They'll keep damaging your lawn until you deal with them.

2.  Eliminate the Problem

  • Use Original Dawn Blue Dishwashing Liquid—no substitutes! Mix 2 oz Dawn per gallon of water.  Avoid anything that say anti-microbial or anti-bacterial as that will kill your soil.
  • You can use a hose end sprayer, watering can, or bucket to soak both the brown and green grass around it. For larger areas a hose end sprayer or a 5 gallon bucket works best. 
  • Do this in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Extend at least five feet from the dead patches.
  • Repeat daily for four days.
  • After four days, use the 'Coffee Can Test' again. If you still see bugs, keep treating for two more days and test again.

3.  Renew Your Lawn

Now that we have eliminated the pest we need to talk about how to recover and prevent them from coming again. 
  • First, get the watering right. Aim for 1.5 inches of water every week and do it early in the morning.
  • Second, clear out the dead grass. Use a soft rake to remove it.
  • Third, add a thin layer of organic compost. We prefer Nature's Way Resources 50/50 Mix for this purpose.  This gives new grass a great place to grow.
  • Fourth, boost your soil. Use double the recommended amount of MicroLife Humates Plus 0-0-4 around the affected area for better moisture retention and beneficial microbes.
  • Finally, encourage new growth. Apply Molasses at a rate of 4 oz per gallon over the compost and Humates Plus. For even better and faster results consider using MicroLife Super Seaweed which contains molasses and a healthy dose of nutrients to promote fast rooting of grass.  Repeat every two weeks for best results.

Wrapping Up

Taking care of your lawn doesn't have to be a mystery. With these simple steps—Identify, Eliminate, and Renew—you can tackle chinch bug infestations and keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. Remember, the key is to act fast and follow through with each step. Your lawn will thank you!
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