Looking for Diagnostician

Asked February 19, 2014, 9:18 AM EST

Severe lawn problems in Pasadena/Clear Lake, TX. area. Likely Take-All-Patch in addition to known Sod Webworms. Shade/sun/water ratio seems appropriate. Followed Randy Lemmon's schedule for one whole year: beautiful lawn, then it cratered. Have treated perceived problems per Randy Lemmon's advice, but to no avail and gets worse each season. Don't want to lose entire lawn. Desperate for a trained eye! Is there anyone willing to come to 77505 zip code to take a look? Understand there will be a fee involved. Willing to pay for treatment as well. Jim @ GreenPro does not come out this far.

Harris County Texas

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We don't make treatments and are not able to make house calls due to the large number of requests and limited staff. However, we can help identify the problem two ways. First submit another question with up to 3 photos in sharp focus showing the problems up close and the overall area. Second you can drop off or mail a sample of the problem areas to our office for us to look over in our lab. There is no charge for this service.

If you wish to take this step it is important to take the sample and submit it properly for us to be able to do an accurate diagnosis. Here are the instructions: Turf samples should be a 4” X 4” or 4” X 6” plug of sod with some soil and roots attached. Make sure and take the sample from sick, NOT DEAD turf areas. Usually the zone between healthy and dead turf is ideal. Remember we do diagnoses not autopsies! Place the turf sample in a ziplock or twist tie closure bag right away and seal it to prevent it from drying out and to keep any insects that might be present from escaping. Place the back in a cool location out of direct sunlight to maintain freshness until it can be brought or mailed to the Extension Office. If insects are seen in the turf, capture a few of them and place them in a jar or ziplock bag. The following online video shows the correct way to take a sample. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0eAOuWfhXU&feature=plcp

It is best to drop the sample by our office at the address below. We are open M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also mail samples if you are not able to bring them to our office.

Thanks and we look forward to helping further.