It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in your home for 30 years and your lawn has never been infected by grubs. This could be the year these creatures finally slither their way into your soil. Beetles, which lay grub larvae, don’t operate on a timeline – they look for an opportunity to reproduce in the right type of soil, and they take it.
That’s why you must take the prosper steps to protect your lawn every year. Not doing so can seriously eat away at your yearly budget (and lawn) when you have to repair damaged areas or completely restore portions of your property ravaged by those small but damaging grubs.
If not handled properly, grubs are a complete nightmare. But there are ways you can control them. The first step is to understand what they are and how they live.
What are grubs?
Grubs are beetle larvae. There are many different types of beetles, but the most common in New England are European Chafter Beetles, Oriental Beetles and Japanese Beetles. All of these grubs live a similar lifecyle: Larvae hatch in mid-July to mid-August, depending on weather and environmental conditions. At this time, they begin feeding immediately on the roots of turf, and mold and move through their second and third instars. Before the ground freezes in late fall, larvae dig several inches into the dirt to hibernate for the winter
As you can imagine, grub activity takes a toll on properties, and lawns that aren’t properly treated often succumb to the onslaught.
How can grubs damage your lawn?
Healthy lawns can withstand upwards of 10 grubs per square foot. So don’t panic if you apply grub control, and still see some live grubs actively moving around! Grubs feast on the roots of plants, killing the plant.
How can you prevent grub damage?
The most common and effective way to manage grub activity is to prevent grubs from actively making your property their home. GreenAce Lawn Care applies imidacloprid, which is the active ingredient in the pesticide Merit.
Merit is strictly a preventive grub control, and not a curative. That means it will stop most small- to medium-sized grubs from feeding and reproducing. A curative, on the other hand, kills grubs after they’ve already entered their second and third instars.
We apply Merit during the summer, and it begings to work two to three weeks after it’s been watered into the soil. Many lawn companies spray Merit or GrubEX during the spring, but we find this procedure to be much less effective beaause it breaks down well before grub activity first appears.
Our goal at GreenAce is to not only help you grow a beautiful, green lawn but to also protect it from pesky insects such as grubs.
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