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  • North Charleston, SC

    Q. I have a problem with an area in my front lawn. The area is irregular, but approximately 3 ft. x 4 ft. I have a irrigation system, but for some reason this area seems to dry out during the summer regardless of how much water I give it. The grass seems to wilt during the hot part of the day. It comes back after it's irrigated, but the next day, it's wilted again. What's going on??

    A. It sounds to me like your soil is Hydrophobic in this spot. Hydrophobic soils have a compound coating the soil or sand particles, which will actually form beads on the soil surface, and repel water. This can reduce the amount of water penetrating into the soil, thus inhibiting your grass from taking up moisture. This is a common occurrence on sandy type soils. My suggestion would be to remove the grass in this spot during early summer, cut out or remove as much of the existing soil as you can, and replace with good topsoil. Of course, keep this area well watered during periods of low rainfall during the summer.

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  • Daniel Island, SC

    Q. In the early spring, we get these small sandy mounds appearing all over our backyard. In the middle of the mound there is a small round hole about the size of a pencil. Can you tell me what's causing this?

    A. It could be one of several things; however because of the time of year, it sounds like ground bees. These are generally harmless, solitary bees that are simply burrowing in the ground to lay eggs. The process typically ends by March or April and little or no damage is done to the lawn areas. These bees are terrific pollinator's and important to our ecosystem.

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  • Folly Beach, SC

    Q. I have a St. Augustine lawn. It seems to do fairly well except around the pine trees in the front yard. I am starting to see irregular shaped arcs and half circular dead areas appearing. It seems to be getting worst each year, particularly toward the end of the summer. After rains, we sometimes get large puff balls sprouting up!

    A. This sound like a disease called Fairy Ring. There are several different strains of this fungus, some result in mushrooms, some may not. These fungi live off of decaying organic matter in the soil. The trees in your yard likely have dead or decaying roots under the soil. The decomposition of decaying matter releases an ammonium barrier, which actually impedes your grasses from utilizing water and nutrients. The soil can become hydrophobic , thus killing the grass. There are some fungicide materials available that may help minimize the damage from Fairy Ring. A few cultural practices that may help include core aeration, increasing the irrigation to these areas during periods of drought, and if possible, removing any dead wood from the soil.

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