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How Do I Know if My Dead Spots are from Chinch Bugs? 
Chinch bug damage can occur between late May and mid-October, depending on soil temperature. There may be up to 3 generations of chinch bugs in one season. Treat with Jonathan Green  Grub and Insect Control or Jonathan Green  Organic Insect Control.  If you have early chinch bug infestation and have treated with insect control, you still need to monitor closely. These insect controls may not kill 100% of the insects and they may still cause damage if another generation occurs. If you have a history of chinch bug damage, apply Jonathan Green Grub and Insect Control the following year also to keep the population low enough to reduce damage. Some indications of chinch bugs are: unusual bird activity on the lawn, greyish color damage and a contiguous damage pattern. 

Chinch bug damage to a lawn
Do “the coffee can test” to be sure. Remove both ends of a large tin can, such as a coffee can. Insert one end of the can into the ground at the very edge of the damage so what is visible in the can is half the damaged lawn and half not. Press the can two inches into the soil, leaving at least four inches above the ground. Fill the can with water and wait about five minutes. If chinch bugs are present, they will float to the surface of the water.

How to Buy Superior Quality Grass Seed
We tell you to buy “ superior quality” grass seed. How do you know you’re getting that? On the back of every grass seed bag is an analysis tag. Here is what it all means:

By Federal law, the following information must be listed on the seed analysis tag:

  1. The name of the seller and the lot number.
  2. The seed variety or varieties of the species. Named varieties of a species exhibit specific performance and traits. Seed identified only by the species - without noting the variety - gives you no option to match the variety’s qualities to what you want for your lawn.
  3. Purity (listed as Pure Seed): This is the percentage, by weight, of each seed component (listed by variety/species) within the bag.
  4. Germination percentage: This is the percentage of each seed component (listed by variety/species) that is capable of germination (the beginning stages of growth for a plant developing from its seed as determined by a seed testing lab).
  5. Other Crop Seed: Crop seed refers to any seeds which are grown as an agricultural crop, such as bent grass, clover, or wheat.
  6. Weed Seed: This is the percentage, by weight, of all the seeds in the bag that are not identified as either pure seed or other crop seed. The lower the percentage number, the better quality the seed.
  7. Noxious Weeds: The weeds classified as noxious are those weeds that are very difficult to control, and noxious weeds vary from one state to another.  They will be listed as the number per pound or per ounce found in the seed lot. 
  8. Inert Matter: This is the percentage, by weight, of all the material in the bag that is not seed. It could include anything from soil to seed parts such as chaff. Seed coating will be in this category. If you are purchasing seed with coating, you are paying a higher price per pound than seed without coating and getting less coverage per lb. Jonathan Green does not coat our seed!
  9. Origin: The state of origin for each variety/species is all that is required here.
  Here is an example of an analysis tag.    
The Importance of Soil
The success of your lawn’s health and durability is directly related to the quality of the soil it grows in. If your soil is in poor health, your lawn will be in poor health.
Soil quality is vital to the appearance and strength of your lawn, the fight against weeds, and the protection against insects and disease. Applying Love Your Soil will improve drainage and airflow into the soil. It also feeds the soil microbes. Microbes help to improve soil structure by turning organic matter into nutrients plants can absorb like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other essential minerals needed for plant growth. 
The Winner is...
Congratulations Jeffrey of Enfield, CT. Jeffrey is the winner of our Show Us Your Lawn Contest for the month of July. He will receive a $50 gift card to Hawthorne Agway,  Enfield, CT where he purchases our products!
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