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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
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A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
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The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
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July 24, 2006
Albany-- You know dry weather is already hurting crops, increasing fire danger and dropping water levels. Here's something else. If you take pride in your lawn, you need to watch out for ugly, dark spots on your green grass.
It will spread fast. More cases of brown patch disease are showing up on South Georgia lawns because of drought conditions. But if you think you can just water it away, you're wrong. It'll take a trip to the store and some patience.
Patting down pine straw is one of the many things landscaper Jim Melvin loves about his job. He couldn't spend his days any other way.
"Oh, I love it. I'm passionate about it. You can come in and things look terrible and you make them beautiful," says Melvin. He helps to make lawns pretty but lately, something ugly has gotten in the way of his lawn beautification.
"Brown spotting grass. We're seeing a lot of it lately," says Melvin. Luckily for Melvin, he doesn't see it in his yardwork today. But he can certainly describe it.
"It looks like a dry spot in the lawn. Looks kind of like pine straw, that same color," says Melvin. It's the dark color of brown in the midst of green. Little brown spots will pop up all over the grass. Soon after that, they'll expand even larger. One of the big culprits? Dry weather.
"Drought right now is playing a major factor," says Martin Edwards of Mark's Greenhouses Nursery. Lately, brown patch disease has been a problem for customers visiting Mark's Nursery in Albany.
"Quite a few actually," says Edwards. But Edwards says it can be treated. If chinch bugs are the cause, there's insecticide. If it's fungus, then fungicide is the cure.
"You should see some results anywhere from several days to a couple of weeks," says Edwards. More rain like today could alleviate the grass situation. "That will help but it will not stop it," says Melvin.
However, Melvin wants more homeowners to keep a close lookout for the grass bandit. "That's right. If you want a pretty lawn, you gotta watch for her," says Melvin. It'll help this landscaper continue seeing the good in green and less of the bad brown.
Melvin says Bermuda grass is the most susceptible to the disease. It also effects Centipede, St. Augustine and certain ryegrasses. To help prevent brown patch, try to water early in the morning and keep lawns mowed on a regular basis.