St. Augustine lawns across Texas have been slow to get green and parts of the grass are dead in large, blotchy patches, reports Neil Sperry. Take-all root rot, a soil-borne fungus that attacks the root systems, is being blamed for the problem. Phil Colbaugh, who retired from the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, says a 1-inch layer of sphagnum peat moss will stop the growth of the fungus for one to three years.

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