White Grubs show up in well-kept lawns for one reason. To fatten themselves up by eating the roots of your grass. Grubs feed underground and out of sight. They don’t really care if your grass dies in the process. But we do. Let us prevent (or stop) these unwelcome dinner guests before they cause severe damage and turf loss on your property.
The Subsurface Menace
Preventive Grub Treatment Helps Avoid Damage. The word “grub” even sounds distasteful and it’s no surprise that the little lawn pests called grubs have become lawn enemy #1.
Feeding activity of grubs hits it’s peak in fall and spring, but now is the perfect time for a preventive treatment. Beetles, particularly European Chafer and Japanese beetles, will be laying their eggs in your grass during the late summer and fall. The eggs will hatch as tiny grubs and disappear into the soil beneath your turf. Once there, they’ll quietly feed on the roots of your grass plants until cool weather. Next spring, they’ll start feeding again, before forming a cocoon from which new beetles will emerge. The new generation lays eggs and the problem goes on and on. Left untreated, your lawn will start to suffer the visible damage grubs can inflict. Brown patches begin to form where the grass dies because roots have been chewed away. The infestation can be widespread on a lawn causing extensive damage to your property. The dead grass on grub-eaten areas eventually has to be removed and those areas reseeded or sodded. Without care, even the replanted areas are susceptible to further damage from the next life cycle of grubs.
You can check for grubs by grasping any brown patch in your hands and tugging. If the sod pulls up like carpeting, grubs have been at work. You might even see grubs on the underside of the turf if they’re finishing off their meal in that patch.
THERE IS A GOOD SOLUTION!
Having your lawn treated in the spring with an application designed to prevent grubs from hatching and beginning to feast on your grass roots is a good idea. The treatment stops grubs before feeding causes serious damage. You’re protected lawn is better able to thrive, which means it can fend off other pests and unwanted weeds more easily. If you think your lawn may already have grub problems, a preventative treatment is in order. Having your lawn treated this year is advised. However timing is important………..
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