Identifying Heat Stress in a Yard – Lawn Care Tips

Hi everyone, my name is David with
Chorbie Lawn Care Services, and I just wanted to
kinda talk to you today about something that we
see really common here. It’s August in Texas. It’s definitely hot outside. Everybody’s feelin’ the heat, especially your grass. You know, one of the key
things that a lot of people are concerned about is
when they see brown patches popping up in their
lawn and they’re worried that they may have
insect damaging the yard or disease taking over the yard. But another thing that a lot
of people don’t quite realize, that is actually really
prevalent, is heat stress. So here we are looking at a
section of grass right here and you can see this grass
right here seems to be doing pretty well, it’s nice
and green, it’s healthy, it’s got a good spring to it. But right off to the side
here you can see we have some grass that’s definitely
feeling some heat stress. For disease damage, it’s pretty simple. We’re just gonna peel it
apart and we’re gonna look down here for signs of rotting or different kinds of disease. Typically there’ll be a lot of brown, it would be very wet, kind of milky almost down around the base of it. That’s the sign of kind
of disease in most cases. And then for grubs and insects, what grubs are doing is
eating the roots of the grass. So you should be able to just
grab a good handful of it and pull up and this should
just peel away very easily, almost like lifting the
corner of a doormat. It’s not peeling up at all, so that tells me that the
root structure is healthy, it’s strong, it’s holding
the grass to the ground and what we’re dealing
with is heat stress. A big contributor to that, the area that we’re in right
now is what we call a parkway. It’s the section of grass
between the sidewalk and the street. So on both sides of this
grass there’s concrete, which absorbs sunlight
and heat and holds on a lot faster and a lot
longer than your grass does. Because of that, it’s getting
what we call irradiated heat warming this area up
quicker than other areas. Hopefully today’s video
has been able to provide a little bit more insight
into how we determine whether you have heat stress versus
insect or grub damage, and maybe you can even
look at your yard yourself. As always, keep in mind that heat stress is a very common part
of North Texas summers, especially when our temperatures get up into the triple digit mark. The best thing to do though, is just remember that
heat stress is normal. Your grass is very resilient, and once it cools off it
usually comes right back. If you continue to stay the course, water according to the
recommendations that you’re given, your grass will be okay come fall.

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