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I have kikyuo lawn wth dead patches appearing

The dead patches seem to be spreading.Idont mean just brown patches imean really dead. As well the blades of grass are turning yellow

Submitted: 12:41PM, 18 Dec 2009
Answer: Dear Robert,

It could well be that your kikuyu lawn is being attacked by curl grub. the adult of this larvae is the Black African Beetle which is active in spring when mating occurs. Eggs are laid in areas of soft soil and the mating can occur over a period of 3 months. The young larvae feed on dead organic matter in the soil but the older larvae feed on the roots of the grass. You will soon notice brown patches appearing in your lawn and the grass will appear dry and can be easily pulled up. These curl grubs are best controlled in the early stages in mid spring with a product called Confidor Hose-on for Lawns. It is not too late to apply this product now but as you have already noticed, the damage has been done and it will take a little while for the grass to recover. Measure the lawn area before application. Apply the Confidor Hose-on and water in thoroughly. Do not mow the treated lawn for three days. Once the curl grubs have been eliminated, your lawn will start to recover. You could start by applying the Nature’s Way Seaweed Booster every 2 to 4 weeks. This product encourages healty root growth and enhances recovery in stress conditions. When the grass shows new signs of life, you can gently fertilise it with Dynamic Lifter for lawns. this particular pest seems to attack lawns every year, so it is a good idea to spray the Confidor Hose-on in mid spring each year to prevent this damage from occurring.
Good luck in getting your lawn back to where you can once again enjoy be happy with it.

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Answered: 02:49PM, 29 Dec 2009

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