If you live in the south and have St. Augustine grass or zoysiagrass, you could be entertaining a whole troop of
chinch bugs. These nasty little critters suck your
grass blades dry. Then they inject a poison that kills them. They can kill patches or your entire lawn.
Chinch bugs are tiny, about 1/10 to 1/8 inch long (Chinch bug pictured above). They often scurry out of sight when the grass is disturbed, making them difficult to spot. Chinch bug damage usually appears first in hot sunny areas as small brown areas that gradually enlarge as the bugs move out of dead spots and into green turf, especially in grass that has been over-fertilized and contains more thatch. At this stage it is recommended that the chinch bugs be spot treated with a pesticide specifically labeled for chinch bugs. When spot treating, always treat a 10 to 15 ft. buffer area around the affected turf rather than blanketing the entire lawn with pesticide. Be sure to follow label directions when using any pesticide.
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ZUCCHINI PIZZA BITES
• 2 large zucchini
• 1/2 cup pizza or tomato sauce
• 1 teaspoon oregano
• 2 cups mozzarella cheese
• 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
• pizza toppings as desired
1 Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking pan with foil and set aside.
2 Slice Zucchini 1/4" thick and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
3 Top zucchini slices with pizza sauce, oregano, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings.
4 Bake 5min or until zucchini is tender. Broil 5min or until cheese is bubbly and melted your paragraph here.
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