How to Get Rid of Grubs in Your Lawn
If your lawn is not doing as well as it should, you will probably be ticking off all the pertinent points of care on your fingers. You have watered, fertilized, mowed and mulched. Instead of thriving under your care, you find that it is turning brown in places and now you wonder what you have been doing wrong all summer.
The answer to that is ‘probably nothing.’ According to nursery websites, grubs love your wet grass. They enjoy a healthy root for dinner and their predators cannot wait for them to surface so they can dig those white worm-like creatures from your beautiful green lawn as a snack. White grubs are particularly common all over North America. Gardening enthusiasts will tell you they are the result of a beetle which will be gone by the end of your growing year. By then, however, your lawn is a mess. If you cannot see the damage in the first year of infestation, you will certainly see it by April or May when your blanket of green looks like a dirt pit with a few grassy-like clumps in it.
Tips for Getting Rid of Lawn Grubs
Letting predators take care of the little pests is not a good answer as they do plenty of damage on their own if they have to claw around for their food. Also, the root supper has already been eaten down to nothing and your grass is dead or dying. What you need to do is deter or destroy the little critters so you can picnic on your lawn without having to bring out a mattress.
At one nursery they point out that pesticides are not legal for use in all areas. If you live in Canada, for instance, then consider your options. You could release Nematodes, and they are very effective, though not 100%. These creatures feed on grubs leaving just a few behind, though not enough to do much damage. These are available in the millions from certain nurseries and lawn care stores. If they are applied in the right conditions, Nematodes can do a good job ending your grass grub problem. Another way to kill them is to add a dish to their smorgasbord in the form of fatal bacteria they love to gorge on. When they do, their greed will kill them.
Grub Treatments for Lawns
Grub treatments for lawns care can involve pesticides if you live in certain parts of the United States, though the laws continue to change so it is worth getting the latest news where pesticides are concerned. Using pesticides is not for everyone, but if you are considering it, conduct a test first. Find out if you really do have a problem by finding out how to take a lawn sample properly and what your findings mean. If you turn up just a small number of grubs, you have saved yourself from the worry of dumping toxins on your grass, which is especially worrying if you have children. On the other hand, if the problem is significant and you feel okay about using chemicals, then at least figure out the most effective method and timing for applying pesticides to your lawn.
When you are learning how to get rid of grubs from your domestic or commercial lawn, it is important to note that a healthy lawn attracts them. It might not sound very nice, but consider letting your lawn get a little sick for a while. Leave it to dehydrate for a season. As much as it will pain you to resist watering your grass and to watch it turn brown, the result of your sacrifice for a single year will be that next spring it will probably not be infested with the grubs again. Also, do some studying into the topic of the grub’s favorite foods. Grass is not their only snack, so if you are giving it what it wants, then maybe you could consider tearing out a few plants and starting again. Maybe move healthy but attractive foliage to a raised bed where grass is unwelcome anyway. In their place, add some plants which the grubs dislike intensely. These can be just as attractive, but with the benefit that the grubs look for a new place to cause carnage.