How do I prevent a chinch bug invasion from my neighbor’s yard?

chinch bugTo chinch bugs, your lawn is dinner. 

You’ve done everything right. Watered your lawn regularly. Fed your lawn when you’re supposed to. Now and then, you discover you have what appears to be drought damage. If you have St. Augustine or zoysia grass, you definitely may be entertaining an entire troop of chinch bugs. These nasty, pesky little critters  suck your grass blades dry. Then, to take a step further, they inject a poison that kills the grass. Chinch bugs can kill patches of your lawn or the entire thing - and get them under control in your yard is one thing, but what happens if your neighbor’s lawn has an infestation too?

The short answer? Prevention is key.

As with any lawn issue, whether pests, weed or disease, a healthy, strong lawn offers better resistance to withstand pressure from pests. Following a rigorous lawn care schedule helps ensure you’re taking every measure available to keep your lawn at its best - including:

  • Mowing your grass to about 2 to 2 ½ inches in length
  • Applying fertilizer with proper timing and in proper amounts, using caution to avoid over-fertilization
  • Properly irrigating lawns in times of drought and avoiding improper watering or overwatering, which can weaken your lawn.
  • Manage thatch - Thatch is a buildup of dead grass, living grass and various other organic matter that creates a perfect environment for chinch bugs to feed and live.
  • If chinch bugs are consistently problematic year after year, preventative chinch bug pesticide should be applied in early spring befortoe eggs hatching. May is an optimal target month, but contact a professional for more accurate dates to apply preventative pesticides and keep a chinch bug free lawn all year long.

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Corky and Diane (The Villages, Hadley)

We had a great experience with Mansfield Landscaping. We visited the nursery and saw how healthy the plants were and then sat down with Steve and developed our own concept of palm and shrub borders on the side and front of our house The workmen did an excellent job and you cold tell they cared about how the plants were going in. We now get a lot of very positive comments from neighbors and strangers alike People are calling it "The Botanical Garden"! Mansfield Landscaping is a professional landscaper. They did a great job.

Thank you Steve and your crew.

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Anonymous (The Villages)

Just had Mansfield landscape do our yard and am very happy with not only the work done, but with the large size and healthy quality of the plants and palms. The crew was wonderful and completed a major job in a half day. Extra plants were added and all the beds received extra mulching at no extra charge. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a good, reliable landscape company.


I just had my yard landscaped by Mansfield Landscaping. Wow what a landscape it is! Met with Steve for about two hours. Road around his nursery and tagged the trees we wanted. Steve made recommendations and came up with a fabulous design for our yard. His landscape team came out the next day and began work promptly. The men were very professional and knowledgeable (and courteous too). They cleaned up before they left and returned promptly on day 2. They made sure we were happy with the location of all plants and trees before they placed them in the ground. When they finished up our yard was completely transformed. No money up front...payment is not expected until job is complete and you are satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend Steve and his team. Give Steve a call (352) 324-2640 if you are going to landscape your yard. Stop by our house and see for yourself!

Anonymous (The Villages)

Steve Mansfield and his AMAZING crew just finished landscaping our yard. We sat down with Steve on a Sunday evening (yes, he came out on his day off!!), designed the concept of the yard, we went to his nursery on Tuesday and they finished the entire project the following Monday (it would have been sooner but it was over Thanksgiving weekend and they didn't work that Thursday). Steve personally picked out our Queen palms and put in the most beautiful triple Sylvester Palm we've ever seen. As other posts have stated before, he brought out almost double the plants used in the yard to ensure we had plenty of choices. They lay everything out in the beds before they plant so we had an opportunity to move things around to our liking. After everything was completed my husband and I have agreed that Mansfield Landscaping went WAY above and beyond or expectations. We live on a street that is highly traveled (across from the Charlotte Pool and mailbox) and so many people have stopped to tell us how beautiful it is. We recommend Mansfield Landscaping to anyone interested in working with a company that produces professional results and cares so much about his clients.

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