Are you having a problem with lawn grubs? Lawn grub control can be a little tricky, but you can use simple techniques to get them under control, and that's what we'll be looking at in this article.
What Are Lawn Grubs?
Lawn grubs are actually the larvae of a variety of beetle species. They can be Japanese Beetles, May and June Beetles or even Asiatic Beatles. The problem isn't the adults, it's the larvae. They effectively starve your lawn as they eat the nutrients found in grass roots.
In severe cases you may even be able to pull infested patches straight off as all roots have been eaten.
There are two ways of lawn grub control that are most effective. Both have their advantages so I will leave it up to you to decide which route you would like to take.
The chemical way is to find an insecticide that deals specifically with lawn grubs. You should be able to find this at any hardware store. Look for these chemicals on the label: diazinon, chlorpyrifos and isofenophos as these seem to be most effective when dealing with lawn grubs. You only need one, not all.
Be sure to follow the directions very carefully. Some insecticides need you to water the chemicals into the grass, while others just need to sit over night.
If chemicals aren't your thing there is an alternative to using an insecticide. Another product available actually adds another organism to your lawn called nematodes. Now you may have read that some nematodes are bad for your lawn, and this is true. However, there are over 80,000 different identified species of nematodes (and it's estimated that somewhere around 500,000 different types actually exist!).
There are species of nematode that can help your lawn, and this is true in the case of the ones that are used in battling lawn grubs. They are safe to use, and once they've done their job, tend to die off fairly quickly.
Again, be sure to follow the directions carefully, as all lawn care products have their own procedures and instructions that make their products work the best.