" Dear Sir/Mam
Enclosed is some information I hope will be of some benefit to you. It has been a real saving grace to me, so much so, that I am taking the time and initiative to share that knowledge. Having managed the Banyan House Condominium for the past 30 years I am no newcomer to the demands and expectations of the owners we serve. We are all very much aware of the importance in the appearance and condition of our lawns and shrubs that surround our buildings. Much time, effort, and cost is involved in maintaining lush, attractive, and appealing grounds.
Briefly I'll explain a problem and remedy that I have experienced. A many years ago I noticed several yellowing areas in our lawn, I suspected cinch bugs but after close inspection none were found and the patches were being adequately watered. The sections were fertilized but after several weeks more and larger areas appeared with the yellow drained appearance. I contacted our lawn spraying service to investigate the situation. He diagnosed the problem as that of nematodes but wasn't sure as to which of the 16 plus species it was, the identity of which was necessary in determining the proper pesticide to use. He took several core samples of the lawn from the affected areas and mailed them to the University of Florida Agricultural Laboratory. The entomologists at the lab sent back their report listing the count of various nematodes in the sample. Those that are out of line with a normal count and are causing damage are circled and the pesticide most effective in controlling the problem is recommended. That is the good news, the bad news was that the product recommended by the state indicated that I could expect the results to be "poor". The reason being that the E.P.A. had prohibited the previous method of exterminating, which has a gas injected into the soil, and no new product was available for satisfactory results. Three times a year I applied ‘the only available treatment, hoping for the best, but the state was right, the results were not very beneficial. We have continued with this battle every year thereafter with limited success using pesticides now prohibited by the EPA.
In a Market Watch article last May I read of a company in Kentucky that was introducing a new non-hazardous biopesticide/nematicide called ProNuCur HY tested by the University of Florida nematode laboratory, under the direction of Dr. William Crow and found to be very effective against sting nematodes at the recommended rate of application. We reached out to the company producing ProNuCur for a sample that we could try on a small 10x20 ft. area we observed over the next month that we were seeing improvement and increased the treated area to 10000 square feet the most infected areas of our lawn, within 10 days the large areas of our lawn that had experienced yellowing returned to a healthy lush green and has remained so for a year now with no further treatments it’s a wonderful feeling that we can now use a safe harmless Florida registered pesticide for turf and ornamentals another benefit is it’s a plant nutrient and reduces water usage do to the high water retention rate. A technical bulletin is enclosed for your review. If you'd like to discuss the product and my results I have further details and my cost breakdowns available. I hope you never experience the destructive forces of nematodes in your lawn but if you should you won't have to face the dead end answers and futile results that frustrated us in the industry for years, there is finally an effective solution."
F. Stephen Bates, Manager
Banyan House Condominium
1225 S. Ocean Boulevard
Delray Beach, FL 33483
Professor Nematology, University of Florida