This one has everybody stumped.
Some history, I used to have a hybrid bermuda lawn, till Trugreen killed
After most of the bermuda died and only small clumps would come back, there
appeared small mounds of fine castings, like tiny ant hills 1/4 to 3/8 "
dia. these were very fine round pellets. They became so thick they buried
what bermuda was left.....End of bermuda, so I dug up the rest of the
bermuda, flooded the area with Seven(recommended by nursery) and tilled,
added compost, tilled it in, leveled, rolled and ordered Marathon 3 sod,
before laying the sod I put down a layer of Bayer granules(again
recommended) and laid the sod.
So far so good. Two months later the sod is dieing out in large areas, look
at the problem and sure enough the sod is getting buried again, chocking the
crowns of the grass. OK called the county ag dept, their answer"I Donno", so
much for taxpayers money...
In the process of renovating the lawn, I looked VERY closely for any
insects, couldn't see anything other than the normal things you would expect
to see. By the way,if it makes a difference, I live in So.Cal., SanDiego.
I'm thinking, since the ag. dept. didn't know, maybe it's some imported
Lawn services are NOT a good thing, they spread things from one lawn to
Thanks for the sympathy Jose.
What they spred was a very nasty weed that had to be hand dug to get rid of
it, this appeared right after they areated my lawn. And maybe the bugs I
By the way, Steveo, Maybe you wouldn't think this funny if you came out and
renovated my backyard in the 100+ deg. heat.
Don't bother answering this, you're plonked......
Back to the problem at hand, anyone???
Newsflash, micro. No one sowed 'invader' seed on your property, the seed
was already in your soil.
This has been a bad year for crabgrass and nustsedge here in Ohio and other
cool season areas.
How much profit would a lawncare service make on -your- stop if they had to
sabotage it while they were doing exactly what you paid them to do?
Not much left in the till if they have to 007 you.
Thanks for the kind words, Eggs, they are much appreciated. He kind of
makes a guy scrath his head as to why even bother responding sometimes. ugh
You seem to be one of the brighter posters in here as far as your knowledge
goes, so no problem over here with you and I. (hope so anyway)
People aren't shy about sharing their wives tale cures in here, and some of
them are down-right wrong!
Like you said earlier, this doesn't pay anything, it's just for trying to
help people. That's what these boards were intended for. (no cash pay
Sorry if I sounded defensive, I'm at my wits end with this problem.
The "weeds" I refered to were a coarse grass with underground runners,
applying a herbacide would have done more damage to the burmuda.
The lawn was not devoid of all insects, might be now!
I started with the nemitodes, that got rid of most of the grubs and sod
webworms but not the critters I was after so I went to Malathion, that also
had little or no effect.
I took a soil sample to the county agriculture dept., they're response was
"earthworms", yes I have earthworms but they're not the problem. (Those are
probably gone now)
As to the heat, 100+ temps here are not unusual. The instructions were to
water three times per day till runoff every day for one week, twice a day
for the next week and three days a week there after adjusting for weather
conditions. All watering done in the morning.
The secon tilling was per the sod farms instructions.
I talked to a person at a well known nursery, they recommeded it, I guess I
shouldn't assume they know what they're talking about.
Grandkid is in highschool and lives in Dallas. And you're never too old to
do yard work.
I can only go by what the Ag. supply co. sold me, they only carried one
Not ants, these mounds are small, composed of tiny round pellets. No one
here seems to know about these critters either, whats frustrating is even
the county ag. dept. isn't interested. I guess if it doesn't affect the
"cash crops" they don't care.
This has escalated from what I thought was the most harmless treatment to,
as you say, killing everything. Yes the soil was tested and was OK.
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