It’s April, and right on cue, annual bluegrass is flowering in turfgrasses around the state. Concerns/complaints about annual bluegrass in lawns have been abundant this spring. Perhaps this weed infestation is worse this spring and there is likely a reason. It was due to weather conditions last fall. Now for the explanation.
We have heard reports of fall armyworm egg masses around homes and buildings in Charlotte, NC. While the timing is earlier than usual (armyworms typically start becoming an issue in July), it is not unheard of to see fall armyworm activity in June. 2018 in North Carolina was a busy year for fall armyworms and although the early activity is not an indicator of armyworm potential damage severity, it would be wise to be on the lookout for these insects.