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Brown Patches in St. Augustine Grass?

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My back yard started forming brown patches recently and I can't figure out what is causing it. Some of the spots look like someone poured gas on them. The spots are very defined, dark brown, totally dead and dryer than a popcorn fart. Other areas are just slightly brown and/or the blades of grass are turning yellow. I dug up a few spots looking for grub worms but didn't find any. I then sprayed some fungus stuff on the yard from Lowes last month and it hasn't helped. Can anybody recommend a product that they have had positive results from? Please hurry because it's spreading to my front yard!
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Save the Fung-away for October. If you do have any disease (which I have seen some with the rains) it will clear up as the lawn dries out.

Sounds like you have chinch bugs OR just drought stress. You don't need the coffee can to look for them. If they are there, you can see them scurrying about on the yellowing edges..

Treat your yard with bug killer QUICK!!!!
Use two to three times the recommended dosage.

Don't do this. Read the label and follow it. This is why you see more & more products up for elimination. Diazinon was showing up BIG TIME in Ft Worth's water supply years ago. They had to buy TV time to tell folks to quit using it. Now its gone too.

I have only seen a couple of bad cases so far this year. Both of them were down the street from Hulahopper in Spring Branch.
Take All Patch is what y'all are thinking of. Do a Google search for it. I have had good results on folks that have had it. I had one come to me last summer. Last time I was out it had really, really improved. Take All is something that you have to manage in my opinion.

I get my CEU's from the Ag Dept. They charge $25 and feed you lunch. Thats a smokin' deal and they I know I was there.

As far as labels, I do walk the line. I am a fisherman and I care about water quality. Every little bit helps. Going to houses where people dump their motor oil in the yard makes me mad. Too bad no one enforces that.

I was talking to a local outdoors writer who is a customer of mine. He had an ant mound pop up on the edge of the concrete. I apologized and admitted it was probably from me trying to keep it off of the concrete. He asked if it would stain? "No...I just don't want it washing down the sewer." He thought that would be a good selling point for me. Maybe.
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