Summer is finally here! Did this winter feel exceptionally long to you, or was it just me? Perhaps it was the looming pandemic and thoughts that we would never get back to normal, but here we are in June already. Temperatures are warming up, COVID numbers are going down, people are going back to sporting events, and things are slowly getting back to normal. One thing that hasn’t changed is our need for a well-manicured lawn and aesthetically appealing landscape. And with summer here to provide us with hours of outdoor fun, the last thing any of us wants to deal with is annoying lawn pests.
Now is the time to start thinking about a surface insect control preventive, namely grubs. Unique Lawn Care offers exceptional lawn care services to homeowners in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. In all three states, the optimum period for applying preventive grub treatment is mid-June to mid-July during the month or so preceding egg hatching until very young grubs are present. That means now. This article explains everything you need to know about grubs and why a grub control service is important for your lawn.
Grubs Can Cause Extensive Damage to Your Lawn
Grubs are by far one of the biggest threats to lawns. These tiny beetle larvae have giant-sized appetites, and your grass is their favorite meal. Grubs are the name given to a group of larvae belonging to the June bugs, Japanese beetles, and chafer beetles. Adult grubs fly over your lawn and search for places to lay their eggs. They lay and bury them directly beneath the surface, making them hard to see. Fifty to sixty days later, the eggs hatch into what appears as curled-up caterpillars. They have greyish to white bodies with brown heads and can range from 3/8 to two inches long. As they grow, they feed on your grass’s tender roots, causing it to wither and die.
Effects of their munching can be seen in late summer in August through September when they mature into adults and emerge to feed on the foliage of trees and shrubs. When they are finished, they lay a new batch of eggs on your turf, ensuring you will end up having them again next year.
Signs and Symptoms
It’s important to know the symptoms because grubs can be hard to find. While prevention is the most effective way to protect your lawn, catching grubs early in the stage can help you put an end to them before too much damage has been done. A few sure giveaways that grubs are invading your turf include:
- Browning, thinning, or yellowing of grass
- Sections of grass roll easily when stepped on or kicked up
- Your grass feels spongy, too soft
- Death of otherwise healthy plants
- Damage is caused by moles, raccoons, skunks, or other medium-sized animals. These particular animals feast on grubs. Therefore if your yard is full of them, these types of animals will stop at nothing to obtain their gourmet meal.
How To Check Your Indiana, Ohio, or Kentucky Lawn for Grubs
If you’re still unsure, you can use a shovel and dip up a small section of your lawn where you suspect these critters might be. If a grub investigation is occurring, you will spot them. Make sure to check a few spots. Another way to look for these pesky lawn destroyers is by tugging on a soft, spongy area of your grass. If it pulls up like a piece of carpet, you most likely have a grub problem.
Grubs are always searching for their next meal. After all, what living thing isn’t? But, a healthy, robust lawn will be better able to fight off a grub infestation should one occur. The best way to prevent a grub problem from taking over your Indiana, Ohio, or Kentucky lawn is through a year-round fertilization program. This will help provide your turf with the appropriate amount of nutrients needed to stand up to disease and pests. Grubs are also attracted to moisture and humidity, so proper irrigation is a must.
If your lawn had a serious grub problem last year, chances are the adult beetles will likely return. Start keeping an eye out around June through July for swarms of brown, half-inch long chafer beetles surfing over your lawn at dusk or green June beetles flying overheard during the day in search of mates. In this case, the best approach is to try and prevent the young from hatching. Using the preventive approach utilizes applications between mid-June to mid-July and must be used at the precise time.
Get Effective Grub Control With Unique Lawn Care
When these lawn munchers have already hatched, and grubs are present, curative grub control is necessary. But again, timing is everything. Treatments must be applied in early to mid-August. It’s best to leave the treatment of grubs up to the professionals. Unique Lawn Care offers grub control treatment that will take preventive measures and treat grubs when needed. We are here to ensure your lawn remains green, healthy, and beautiful.
To learn more about our grub control treatment, fill out our online form. Or give us a call. Our friends in Indianapolis can reach us at 317-576-1800. Those in Louisville can call us at 502-637-5700. In Cincinnati? Call us at 513-779-1111. And for those in the Dayton area, call us at 937-746-5000.