Lawn grubs are a scourge on every yard they affect. The larvae of Japanese beetles, these pests live in soil, feeding on grass roots and killing the grass in the process. This results in a dead lawn full of brown grass. Lawn grubs also attract larger pests like skunks and birds that want to feed on these tiny worms. Here’s how to get rid of lawn grubs.
- Milky spore: this microbial-based product is popular because it is an environmentally safe option. Apply milky spore to the affected lawn areas where grubs are feeding. This infects and kills them as they digest the spores. Then, as the grubs decompose they release additional spores into the soil, they infect the other grubs, preventing the infestation from spreading.
- Neem Oil: derived from Neem trees, this oil-based pesticide coats leaf blades while its insecticidal properties repel both Japanese beetles and lawn grubs. Mix with water and apply spray treatments three times per season in June, July, and August. Neem oil has been shown to prevent lawn grubs from laying eggs, growing, and feeding.
- Beneficial Nematodes: a popular natural alternative to chemicals, these tiny, soil-dwelling worms release bacteria into the soil to infect and kills lawn grub populations. You can purchase nematodes in liquid form or solids that you mix with water and apply by spraying affected areas of the lawn.
If you’re looking for something a little more powerful than the eco-friendly solutions mentioned above, insecticides are probably your answer. A decidedly less-environmentally friendly option, insecticides attack and kill grubs before they lay eggs and begin an infestation. Late summer and early fall are the times to apply insecticides to your lawn. Springtime should be avoided because grubs have stopped feeding by this time and spring rain washes the treatment away. When using an insecticide, be sure to carefully read the instructions for use on the label before application.
Get Rid of Lawn Grubs With Our Help
Don’t let your lawn fall victim to the ravages of lawn grubs. The friendly neighborhood lawn technicians at Green Lawn Fertilizing are here to help. We know how to end grub infestations the natural way to prevent you from experiencing the problems associated with lawn grubs. Give us a call today at 888-581-5296 for a free lawn-care estimate.
Certain insects are beneficial to a lawn; others are annoying or downright dangerous. Here are some of the most common bugs to this area and what you need to know about them.
Offer Expires January 31, 2019