Important GRUB ALERT!

Now that the rain has returned, we are all happy to see our lawns return to their lush green color again. All of us are now seeing the effects of a prolonged drought period on our lawns. The areas of our turf that didn’t receive enough moisture have now told us that they’ll not be coming back this year. Seeding those areas is probably the only option to return your lawn to what it was before. It’s also a great way to improve the overall looks of you lawn as well.

So what does this have to do with grubs?

A lot really. Japanese Beetles usually lay their eggs around mid to late July. European Chaffers did their laying earlier by as much as 30 days. Timing these treatments is always a challenge as the weather conditions change from year to year. It’s important that we get the treatment done for your property before the eggs have hatched and before they begin to eat on your root systems. This year has been quite a bit different than most. We started our treatments much earlier than most due to the fact we had such an early start to the season. We’re glad we did. It meant that beetles were preparing to lay their eggs a bit sooner than most years. The problem with this year was that there was an extended dry period. To get right to the point… It’s EXTREMELY important that the Grub Control treatment we apply to your property receives enough moisture to work. Since the product we use is a systemic type, it can only work if it’s watered in and trans-located throughout the plant tissue. Once the grub bites the grassroots, they’ll ingest the product and die. If your lawn didn’t receive enough moisture to “jump-start” the chlorophyll production again and move this product through the plant, then there is a good chance that your grub control wasn’t as effective as it could have been. We all want our yards looking their best and when the weather doesn’t cooperate it’s up to us to provide the care and moisture needed. If your grass went dormant and you didn’t water your lawn after treatment, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your treatment was effective.

It appears that from July 25th – August 25th was the “RED ZONE” meaning that if you or mother nature didn’t water your lawn enough to awaken the grass and allow this product to be utilized than the level of success dropped dramatically. We stand behind our products and guarantee satisfaction. If you had a grub control treatment and still have signs of grub damage, please call us. We will work with you! We are not in the business of walking away after treatment has failed for whatever reason. But you must understand that the instructions we provide you on your invoice are important information you need to read. If you neglect the instructions we provide, then we cannot guarantee that our services will be 100% effective for you. Teamwork is what it takes to build strong and healthy lawns and you can rest assured we’ll always be working hard on our end of the deal.

How little moisture did mother nature provide?

Here is the weather data during our window of treatments we made to properties across some of our service areas.

EDT Mean temperature precipitation Events
7/1/2010 65 0.09 Rain
7/2/2010 64 0
7/3/2010 69 0
7/4/2010 75 0
7/5/2010 81 0
7/6/2010 81 T
7/7/2010 78 0
7/8/2010 75 0.04 Rain
7/9/2010 77 0
7/10/2010 73 0.16 Rain
7/11/2010 73 0.46 Rain
7/12/2010 75 0 Fog
7/13/2010 76 T Rain
7/14/2010 73 0.16 Rain
7/15/2010 77 0 Fog
7/16/2010 73 T Rain
7/17/2010 79 0 Fog
7/18/2010 77 0
7/19/2010 71 0.02 Rain
7/20/2010 71 0
7/21/2010 70 0.53 Fog-Rain-Thunderstorm
7/22/2010 73 0.24 Rain
7/23/2010 69 0
7/24/2010 67 0.07 Rain
7/25/2010 75 0.35 Rain
7/26/2010 67 0
7/27/2010 73 0
7/28/2010 74 T
7/29/2010 73 0.03 Rain
7/30/2010 65 0
7/31/2010 67 0
8/1/2010 68 0
8/2/2010 66 0 Fog
8/3/2010 70 0.14 Rain-Thunderstorm
8/4/2010 77 0.24 Rain-Thunderstorm
8/5/2010 75 0
8/6/2010 70 0 Fog
8/7/2010 61 0
8/8/2010 66 0 Fog
8/9/2010 76 0.37 Rain-Thunderstorm
8/10/2010 75 0.05 Fog-Rain-Thunderstorm
8/11/2010 70 0.01 Fog
8/12/2010 64 0
8/13/2010 66 0
8/14/2010 68 0
8/15/2010 67 0
8/16/2010 66 0.04 Rain
8/17/2010 74 0
8/18/2010 69 0
8/19/2010 71 0 Fog
8/20/2010 66 0.02
8/21/2010 65 0
8/22/2010 68 T
8/23/2010 67 0
8/24/2010 69 0 Fog
TOTAL RAINFALL 3.02
Needed Rainfall 10
Total Days 55
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2010 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Pressure (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Gust Speed (mph) Precip (in) Events
July high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg high sum
1 83 65 47 54 49 45 93 68 42 30.01 29.98 29.93 10 10 10 16 5 22 0.09 Rain
2 77 64 51 54 50 46 89 61 33 30.10 30.06 30.00 10 10 10 16 7 23 0.00
3 83 69 54 59 55 52 93 66 39 30.09 29.97 29.86 10 10 10 18 5 23 0.00
4 89 75 61 65 61 56 90 63 36 29.86 29.82 29.77 10 10 10 14 5 18 0.00
5 91 81 70 67 64 62 79 63 46 29.91 29.88 29.83 10 10 10 16 3 21 0.00
6 91 81 71 74 68 62 87 67 47 30.02 29.94 29.88 10 10 7 14 6 17 T
7 89 78 67 71 67 64 97 74 50 30.08 30.03 30.00 10 7 2 18 7 22 0.00
8 83 75 67 69 68 64 100 83 65 30.10 30.06 30.02 10 7 1 21 9 25 0.04 Rain
9 85 77 69 70 69 67 97 78 59 30.03 29.94 29.87 10 8 2 25 10 31 0.00
10 77 73 69 73 70 67 100 94 87 29.86 29.83 29.80 10 7 1 15 8 18 0.16 Rain
11 78 73 68 72 70 66 100 88 76 29.88 29.84 29.80 10 6 1 18 5 23 0.46 Rain
12 85 75 64 69 67 65 97 78 58 29.98 29.90 29.82 10 9 7 20 6 25 0.00 Fog
13 82 76 69 70 69 67 97 81 65 30.04 30.00 29.98 10 8 2 18 9 24 T Rain
14 79 73 66 69 67 64 100 84 67 30.01 29.96 29.93 10 7 1 10 4 14 0.16 Rain
15 90 77 63 68 65 59 100 69 37 30.07 30.03 30.00 10 7 0 15 2 35 0.00 Fog
16 79 73 66 67 66 64 100 84 67 30.04 29.89 29.75 10 6 0 20 9 24 T Rain
17 89 79 68 70 66 61 100 71 41 29.77 29.72 29.65 10 6 0 17 4 24 0.00 Fog
18 87 77 67 65 61 56 93 64 35 29.80 29.70 29.65 10 9 6 17 4 24 0.00
19 82 71 60 65 62 58 93 74 54 29.85 29.81 29.76 10 10 9 14 4 18 0.02 Rain
20 81 71 61 64 62 58 100 74 48 29.94 29.89 29.79 10 10 10 9 2 14 0.00
21 83 70 57 70 63 55 100 70 40 29.97 29.86 29.73 10 8 3 17 4 22 0.53 Fog , Rain , Thunderstorm
22 81 73 65 68 63 56 93 68 42 29.87 29.72 29.65 10 9 3 26 6 33 0.24 Rain
23 83 69 55 61 56 52 87 61 34 29.96 29.91 29.86 10 10 10 14 5 17 0.00
24 71 67 63 65 64 61 100 88 76 29.89 29.86 29.81 10 6 1 13 6 17 0.07 Rain
25 86 75 63 68 63 55 100 74 48 29.80 29.68 29.60 10 7 1 16 7 24 0.35 Rain
26 76 67 57 55 53 52 80 63 46 29.81 29.74 29.71 10 10 10 22 9 33 0.00
27 85 73 60 56 51 45 78 53 27 29.97 29.90 29.82 10 10 10 24 8 30 0.00
28 89 74 59 66 60 55 90 62 34 29.97 29.86 29.70 10 10 10 22 7 31 T
29 87 73 58 69 59 45 97 65 33 29.85 29.72 29.67 10 10 7 22 10 31 0.03 Rain
30 77 65 53 52 49 46 83 60 36 29.93 29.86 29.83 10 10 10 18 6 22 0.00
31 77 67 57 55 53 48 86 62 38 30.02 29.97 29.93 10 10 10 14 3 20 0.00
2010 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Pressure (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Gust Speed (mph) Precip (in) Events
August high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg high sum
1 79 68 56 58 55 48 100 68 35 30.14 30.08 30.03 10 10 10 16 3 20 0.00
2 81 66 51 59 54 50 100 68 36 30.17 30.13 30.09 10 9 6 17 4 29 0.00 Fog
3 77 70 63 67 64 57 93 81 69 30.08 29.99 29.88 10 10 4 12 5 16 0.14 Rain , Thunderstorm
4 87 77 67 72 68 66 97 76 55 29.88 29.77 29.67 10 7 2 15 6 20 0.24 Rain , Thunderstorm
5 82 75 67 73 70 66 100 87 74 29.67 29.56 29.47 6 4 1 15 6 31 0.00
6 84 70 56 67 60 47 100 70 39 29.76 29.55 29.46 10 7 0 28 4 38 0.00 Fog
7 73 61 49 49 44 39 89 60 31 30.01 29.90 29.77 10 10 10 15 7 23 0.00
8 82 66 49 65 55 48 100 67 33 30.01 29.99 29.97 10 10 9 18 5 25 0.00 Fog
9 85 76 66 70 66 63 93 71 48 29.97 29.91 29.83 10 8 3 14 7 20 0.37 Rain , Thunderstorm
10 89 75 61 67 63 53 100 66 32 29.87 29.83 29.77 10 9 2 23 3 26 0.05 Fog , Rain , Thunderstorm
11 83 70 56 63 56 49 100 68 35 29.94 29.87 29.84 10 9 2 16 4 22 0.01 Fog
12 77 64 51 58 53 49 93 70 46 30.06 30.00 29.94 10 10 10 14 3 17 0.00
13 82 66 49 57 52 48 100 66 31 30.11 30.09 30.06 10 10 10 15 2 21 0.00
14 84 68 52 56 53 51 100 67 34 30.17 30.12 30.09 10 10 8 16 3 22 0.00
15 81 67 53 59 56 51 100 70 39 30.11 30.08 30.05 10 10 10 22 6 29 0.00
16 68 66 63 67 64 58 100 89 78 30.04 29.97 29.90 10 6 2 20 11 25 0.04 Rain
17 87 74 61 67 64 56 93 65 37 29.99 29.94 29.88 10 7 0 16 4 23 0.00
18 82 69 56 61 57 54 100 69 37 30.05 30.00 29.97 10 10 7 16 3 21 0.00
19 85 71 56 63 58 52 93 64 34 29.96 29.87 29.79 10 10 6 15 4 18 0.00 Fog
20 76 66 56 62 54 47 100 69 38 29.99 29.86 29.76 10 8 2 20 5 25 0.02
21 81 65 48 54 49 44 93 61 28 30.06 30.03 29.99 10 10 7 14 4 22 0.00
22 74 68 62 60 56 53 87 68 49 30.17 30.13 30.08 10 10 10 9 5 13 T
23 74 67 59 58 55 50 84 67 49 30.19 30.15 30.13 10 10 10 17 8 21 0.00
24 82 69 55 57 53 49 93 64 35 30.18 30.13 30.08 10 10 10 16 6 20 0.00 Fog
25 72 63 54 63 59 53 100 79 57 30.12 29.97 29.78 10 6 1 17 6 22 0.96 Rain
26 81 72 62 64 61 56 100 74 48 29.85 29.78 29.74 10 6 1 16 7 22 0.08 Rain
27 77 66 54 55 50 45 93 64 35 30.05 29.96 29.85 10 10 10 18 8 24 0.00
28 82 67 51 60 55 48 96 68 39 30.11 30.06 30.03 10 10 10 16 4 24 0.00
29 94 76 57 64 57 51 100 62 24 30.06 30.02 29.94 10 10 8 24 4 31 0.00
30 93 77 60 64 59 55 93 62 30 30.09 30.03 29.96 10 10 10 14 4 17 0.00
31 97 79 60 68 64 57 90 62 33 30.01 29.95 29.89 10 10 6 23 4 35 0.00

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