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MITE ALERT! (Mother Nature must be on break!)

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Lawn Insects: Mites
The weather here in Denver/Parker CO. has gone from the 2nd snowiest February in history to the driest March in history! Mother Nature (the weather) must be on break! Therefore the mites that are normally active in both February and March could be having a hay day in your lawn right now! You need to water, water, water your lawn and drown those lil' bugars out now! If you can go ahead and turn your sprinkler system on with out danger of the back flow freezing and start watering, I would! Water for at least an hour the first time and then start watering regularly 3 times a week for 30 minutes each in the early morning. To check for mites; lay a white sheet of paper on top of the leaf blades and sweep your other hand over the tops of the grass blades and "herd" them onto the paper. They will look like tiny reddish brown specs that are moving around on it. The other method is to place your hand palm down on the grass and press down really hard and drag it towards you. Then inspect the palm of your hand for blood streaks. If mites are present; treat with an insecticide labeled for mites followed by heavy watering. For more lawn tips see: For tree tips see: