The last time I blogged about my garden, I had complained about the unspeakable damage pesky chinch bugs did to my front lawn. Well, I’m here to update you on the happenings of the front lawn. Last time, I mentioned I had used Triazicide Insect Killer from Spectracide. Well, it looks like it did the job of eliminating the pesky critters. Now, I find myself eagerly waiting to see if the damaged areas will recover. I’m believing they should. I am Central Florida and gardening experts deem my area to be in a zone 9. This means, when I buy plants, take care of my yard, etc., I want to do so while keeping my zone in mind. For instance, certain plants won’t grow in my zone while certain plants will. Based on this information, I am doing all I can to allow the lawn to fully recover.
What It Once Was:
Here, you will see what the lawn looked like when I last blogged about this particular problem, which was nearly a month ago on September 9, 2016. Below that picture is what it looks like as of today. Between the two pictures, you can see that the chemicals used also took away a good portion of the lawn and browned it out. However, you will also notice that there are areas within the damage that now feature new growth. Now, there are weeds growing, which I have to tend to, but it does slowly look to be recovering. What will worry me is if it browns out even more over the course of the next month. It shouldn’t, but it could. I say it shouldn’t because the weather has dropped by 4 or 5 degrees and is now only topping out at 90 each day. What can I say, it’s Florida…it’s hot here! But when you’re talking about days being 95 degrees and providing very little rain or too much rain, when the temperature drops, you’re happy! See, most people are happy with rain, and don’t get me wrong, I am too, but when it rains in Florida, sometimes we get these huge rainstorms, which dump 4 to 5 inches of rain on us in a 30 minute or 1 hour period. I’m sorry but that’s just too much rain at one time. When it rains, a gardener is looking for a nice, steady sprinkling for an hour or two. They’re looking for enough time to allow the soil to soak up the rain and for the rain to do its job for the grass and for the plants. If you get too much rain at one time, you are over soaking the vegetation, which can cause many diseases. The other factor is that rain is much better for vegetation rather than simply water from the hose. If you are lucky enough to be using reclaimed water, it is close to the beneficial ingredients of rain water but it’s still not the same. If you are using a hose and it’s just water straight from the plant it is not nearly even close to being the same as rain water. So, as you can see, since we have either received buckets of rain or no rain at all, the grass has suffered. If you didn’t think about it before, you now can see just how much can go into gardening. But, no matter the struggles…and there are struggles every single day you find yourself battling against, to me they are well worth it.
Being in Central Florida, I have the luxury of a longer summer and far less harsh winter than many other areas. This ultimately means that my lawn has a better chance of recovering before it gets too cold. I know, I know, you’re saying to yourself, “Too cold???!!! You’re in Florida!!!”. But, believe it or not, it does get cold here. I’m not trying to fool anyone by saying it snows here, but it will get down to the teens at points in the winter. Based on this, I would like for the grass to fully recover well prior to that time, which is generally in January/February. In most years, it will remain hot here until just after Christmas.
Of course, being an intelligent gardener, I know when to call it quits rather than break my back over something that just can’t be fixed. Ultimately, the areas the chinch bugs chewed up pisses me off and every time I look at those areas a chill goes down my spine. Believe me, everything in me says to go to Lowe’s and just buy new sod and re-sod. Sod only costs basically $2.00 per square foot and this project would cost under $20. But I’m also one that likes to watch nature do its thing. I know, you’re now thinking, “Oh, nature did its thing alright! LOL”. And you’re right, nature messed up my yard but, hopefully now that the chinch bugs are solved, I can get my lawn back naturally by letting it simply grow back rather than doing the quick fix. Call it being a stick in the mud but it flows through me to put in the hard work and see if it pays off first. That’s always been me; always put in the work and see if that hard work pays off; it usually does, believe it or not.