Crop circles? or Parasites?: Lawn, Turf, and Grass  -- Landscape Discussion Forum and Review Crop circles? or Parasites?: Lawn, Turf, and Grass -- Landscape Discussion Forum

  parts   |   manuals   |   discussion   |   photos   |   podcast   |   reviews   |   specs   |   dealers   |   classifieds   |   contact   |   faq   |   myProfile   |   home          Login Now | Sign Up


FAQ:   What is a tractor?

Forum Index
New As Posted | Active Subjects



www.emerichsales.com - New & Used Equipment
          View Tractors For Sale!


www.partsbynet.com - Lawn and Garden Equipment Parts


Bernardsville Landscape Lighting
Click to Post a New Message!

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Lawn, Turf, and Grass Forum

Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>
Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo
 07-17-2003, 18:36 Post: 59717
Peters

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Northern AL
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3034

3
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

For some inexplicable reason I am developing large circles of dead grass on the lawn. The first one I noticed was last year and I thought it might be the way I was mowing. They are circular some 20-25 feet in diameter and perfectly circular. I have had two this year. One circling a tree.
Does the crane flys worms make this circular pattern?
Do I call in the UFO hunters and set up a lemonaid stand on the lawn and charge for over night camping?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-17-2003, 19:37 Post: 59720
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

2
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

There is a fungal disease that attacks turf and kills the grass in circular areas. I can't remember offhand what the name of the fungus is, but I've seen it before. It's weird, the circles are PERFECT - but I've never seen them larger than maybe 3 feet in diameter.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-17-2003, 21:34 Post: 59725
Chief



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Southwest MiddleTennessee
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 4278

2
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

Oh NO!!!!! Not the super mutant fungi attack!!!! Sure you don't have bears or big dogs peeing in your yard?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-18-2003, 06:39 Post: 59731
TomG

TP Contributor

Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Upper Ottawa Valley
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5406

3
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

I remember the invasion of the hairy cinch bug (love the name). They wrecked havoc with lawns down south awhile back and killed patches but I don't recall whether it was circular patches. Insecticide worked but apparently a bunch of lawn could be killed before you recognized something was wrong.

My folks had something like that at one place when I was a kid. Green circular bands that expanded and lawn in the centre died. Fungicides didn't do much, but something I'll call a hose aerator worked reasonable well. It was a maybe 8" tube on a handle that you poked into the ground and it injected water below the surface. I don't remember much about it but using the thing was one of my chores.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-18-2003, 08:55 Post: 59745
Murf

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 7020

2
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

It's Cinch bugs for sure, get that lawn treated or you won't have one left in SHORT order.

Call any proffesional turf care (spraying) company, they will send someone out to examine the situation and recommend a course of action, if you're still not sure call a second company for a second opinion.

Then FOLLOW THE ADVISE they give you.

Tom is right, industry estimates say that approx. 25% of untreated lawns were lost to Cinch bugs in the last few years in southern Ontario.

Best of luck.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-18-2003, 11:07 Post: 59756
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

2
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

I think the fungal disease I was referring to was called fairy ring. Who names these things anyway?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-19-2003, 05:35 Post: 59796
TomG

TP Contributor

Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Upper Ottawa Valley
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5406

3
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

Fairy ring is what I was thinking of as well. Typically mushrooms come up in the outer part of the ring sometimes. The term came from early times when fairies were thought to dance around such rings at night. Now I've got an image of hairy cinch bugs dancing in the dead grass and the grass probably is creeping red fescue. Who names theses things indeed.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-19-2003, 07:11 Post: 59803
Peters

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Northern AL
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3034

3
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

These are definately rings. They look like the dog has run around in a circle for few days. I have never seen any fungus come up at the edges and as I have centipee they fill in with risomes quickly after they are finished.
Can you charge tickets for the fairy rings? I guess it requires a different level of nut than the UFO buff.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-19-2003, 07:19 Post: 59804
Peters

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Northern AL
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3034

3
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

I have a couple of big dogs, a golden retriever and now a german pointer, but I have never seen them run in cicles nor do they have problems with incontinence. With the heat it is hard to get the retriever run at all. He has determined that air conditioning is fine and has determined to plant himself in the basement.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

 07-20-2003, 05:00 Post: 59832
TomG

TP Contributor

Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Upper Ottawa Valley
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5406

3
Filter by User
 Crop circles? or Parasites?

I think I recall when the cinch bug problem first cropped up of hearing that the bugs could be found by running some soil through a screen. If that's what it is, you really want to take action quickly.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Stumble This

Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo


Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Lawn, Turf, and Grass Forum

Thread 59717 Filter by Poster:
Chief 2 | kwschumm 2 | Misenplace 1 | Murf 2 | Peters 3 | TomG 3 |




Most Viewed

+ AMDRO Ant Block - does it work?
+ Can-anyone-recommend-a-good-overseeder?
+ Drum aerator-spike vs Core Aerator plug
+ Horse Manure as Lawn Fertilizer?
+ Lawn sweeper for 3 point hitch
+ Tuning a Kohler Carbureter
+ Stihl FS110R or FS85R?
+ Ferguson Yardmaker grass sower
+ Ever use urea???
+ two stroke on straght gas

Most Discussion

+ Pocket Gophers Gone Wild
+ Ever use urea???
+ MowProducts.com
+ Zero Radius Mowers why Landsca
+ Poison Ivy
+ AMDRO Ant Block - does it work
+ New Garden Tractor
+ two stroke on straght gas
+ Installing Drainage Pipe for L
+ topsoil with wood chips in it

Newest Topics

+ Crabgrass Herbicide and Your Dog
+ Natural Deer Poop Lawn Fertilizer
+ How to renovate a lawn
+ Gator Blade Advice Review
+ Ideas for Leaf Removal?
+ Winter rye?
+ Garden Chemical Availability
+ Southern RoboX Remote Mowers
+ Raccoons -- ever hear of them doing this?
+ MowProducts.com













Turbochargers for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Cab Glass for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Alternators for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Radiators for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Driveline Components for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Starter Motors for Tractors and Industrial Machines