How to Rid Yourself of the Dreaded Lawn Grub
Dreaded is not too harsh a information. This small simple pest feeds off grass roots, and if left alone, will quickly destroy your yard. Damage starts off as spongy patches on your lawn, then moves on to become large dead patches; it can already go so far as to attract small creatures like raccoons, skunks and birds, who dig up those spots to get at the grubs. Before you know it, your green grass has turned into a patchy brown minefield. The good news is that using the right lawn grubs treatment will just as quickly destroy the lawn grub. Here are the five things you need to know.
Nematodes are their worst enemy. A nematode is a microscopic roundworm that feeds off of a wide range of larva including grubs, other white grubs, borers, Japanese beetle grubs, masked chafer cutworms, root weevils, black vine weevils, flea larvae, and leafminers. It is a natural predator and so small you can’t already see them.
Nematodes are safe to use. Unlike chemicals, nematodes only harm the bad bugs. They don’t hurt the ecosystem, and they don’t target earthworms, birds, or other advantageous insects. Your yard will be closest ready for work or play without worry about toxins while the lawn grub is being destroyed.
Simple to apply. If you buy nematodes, you will get a sponge filled with them. You dilute it in two quarts of water and squeeze the sponge to release them. If you use a sprayer, make sure it is thoroughly clean of any chemicals and set it to the widest setting. Shake often to keep them mixed with the water and apply to a well-watered lawn. Repeat watering of your yard, but don’t drench it. This way the little guys can move about and search out the lawn grub.
Easy tips for the best consequence. Nematodes are living creatures and have some basic needs. Temperatures have to be above 55 degrees F. Apply them in the early morning or early evening, and never in the hot sun. Best of all, apply them during rain if you can. Keep up the lawn watering for 3 days, not drenching, so they can move freely about your yard. Finally, use your nematodes closest, if at all possible, or store for a short time at 50 degrees F.
Use only where needed. Only target the areas of infestation – no need to waste time and money on the whole lawn. Look for signs of lawn grub by searching for dead patches, mushy areas, and any spots where the grass pulls up easily. You can also use a spade to lift the grass to see the telltale white c-shaped grub. The nematodes will search them out in addition, and as long is the grass is well watered, they can easily move about to find their prey.
It really is that easy to avoid chemicals and use character to fight pests. A little bit of know-how, water, and the right predator for the job makes it simple. Using these nematodes for your battle against the dreaded lawn grub will keep your grass green and lush.