Mid Summer Lawn Care
If you have noticed many beetles around your yard this summer, you’ll want to utilize some type of grub control to control dead patches in your yard. There are many types of beetles such as June beetles, Japanese beetles, and many others that can be easily controlled with some type of grub control. You’ll want to eliminate the problem before too much damage is done, and to help prevent future infestation. Treatment with Jonathan Green Grub & Insect Control is an excellent solution for grub control.
Jonathan Greens Grub & Insect Control protects lawns from insect damage from top to bottom. Grubs can destroy lawns by eating grass roots, especially soon after hatching when their appetite is at its peak. It is easiest to kill grubs in mid-spring before they lay their eggs or in late summer once the eggs of the next generation have hatched.
Beetles, like Japanese and chafer beetles, emerge in early summer, feed on plants in the garden, and lay their eggs in the soil in the lawn. Later in the summer, the grubs hatch and immediately begin to feed. They will continue to eat and grow until mid-fall, when they move deeper in the soil so they can survive through the winter. When the soil warms up again in the spring, the large, mature grubs move back into the upper soil levels, where they transform into adult beetles that emerge in early summer and start the whole process over again.
The key to controlling grubs is to kill them before they hatch and begin to cause damage to your lawn. In spring or early summer, apply a preventative grub control product, such as Scotts GrubEx to your lawn, following label directions. This is especially important if you’ve had problems with grubs in the past. One application of Scotts GrubEx can kill and prevent grubs for up to 4 months.
Lawn Grubs and the Damage They Cause
Lawn grubs, also known as white grubs, are white, C-shaped creatures that are about half an inch to two inches in length and have soft bodies with legs near their heads.
These worm-like creatures are the larvae of beetles, such as Japanese Beetles, June Beetles (June “bugs”), and Masked Schafer Beetles, that hatch within about two weeks of being laid. They live in the soil, feed on grass roots, and can cause extensive damage to your lawn practically overnight.
When finished root-munching for the season, the grubs will venture many inches deeper into the soil to hibernate until spring. As spring arrives and soil temperatures rise, they move back to the root systems to feed, emerging as adult beetles to mate and lay eggs that hatch into even more grubs. These baby grubs are in what is termed the pupae stage of growth.
Evidence of grub damage includes patches of dead or dying grass. Grubs will attack roots and destroy grass plants, causing large patches of spongy, brown turf. It is possible to roll back the grass mat easily because the roots that are anchoring it to the soil are gone. When this occurs it is a sure sign that your lawn is infested with destructive grubs.
Grubs also often attract destructive animals, such as birds, skunks, raccoons, possums and moles, that come to feed on them, tearing apart your lawn in the process.
When to Apply Grub Control
For grub and chinch bug control, treat the lawn any time between July through October. For best control of grubs apply the product twice, once in late summer to kill the pupa and again in mid-spring to control adult grubs.
For control of sod webworms, armyworms and other surface feeding insects apply when insects first appear or when lawn damage occurs from March through October.
Apply when the lawn is dry, typically midsummer to early fall is the best time to treat lawn grubs because they are smaller, and closer to the surface.
If sections of your lawn look dead even though you water them regularly, you may have a grub problem. Early detection will help you control them before they cause too much damage. For more information about lawn grub control come see us at Goffle Brook Farms!