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Top 10 turf problems

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Even though there are 10 turf problems listed on the Utath State University web page ( only the top seven are prevalent in Castle County. Bermudagrass, fairy ring and spurge are more common problems in northern Utah, according to Marlon Winger with the local extension service. The top seven problems in Carbon County include:

Bill Bugs

• Causes brown lawn areas, similar to drought. Grass pulls up easily; often in clumps. Small, white, legless grubs with an orange-brown head.

Black Medic

• Attacts short lived perennials and the deep root system.


• Grows annual and has a shallow, fibrous root system.


• The first symptom of drought is darkening (charcoal-green color) of the lawn. Prolonged drought causes turf to go dormant and turn straw colored.

Foliar Diseases appear as brown areas in the lawn. Grass will not pull out easily.

Tall Fescue

• Perennial.

• Clumping, bunch grass.

• Grows faster and taller than bluegrass.

• Wide bladed, dark green, shiny leaves.

• Turf type tall fescues are appropriate for low water use landscapes.

White Grubs

• Brown lawn areas, similar to drought.

• Grass pulls up easily, sod can be rolled back like a carpet.

• Birds and skunks often feed in infested areas.

• Large, white grub with six legs and a brown head.

• Grub curls into a "C" when disturbed.

• Adults are large beetles.

The other three areas for Utah include Bermudagrass, spurge and fairy ring, but none of these are common problems in the Price area.

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