February 22, 2016
Does Your Lawn Require Grub Control This Year
Residents of the DFW area frequently pose questions about grub treatment procedures. Where and when should you apply insecticides to your lawn to eliminate grubs?
Households may add a “treat lawn for grubs” item to their annual home maintenance “to do” list, but then encounter confusion and aggravation attempting to perform this task correctly.
Both the correct timing of treatment applications and the placement matter.
The subject of grubs in a well-maintained lawn actually involves considerable complexity. Decades ago, horticulturalists sometimes recommended routinely spraying to eliminate this pest.
Today, in a more environmentally sensitive age, experts advise confirming the lawn does indeed suffer from a serious grub infestation (and not some other type of grass health issue) before implementing aggressive control measures.
Perhaps for this reason, a growing number of gardeners in the Metroplex Area appreciate the convenience of relying upon qualified, full-time lawn care experts.
You can delegate your grub control and grass health concerns to us with confidence. We help local households maintain beautiful lawns throughout the year.
Understand Lawn Grubs
Some not all larval stages of common beetles reside in lawns and feed on plant roots.
Commonly referred to as “grubs“, when present in large numbers these insects create unsightly dead and dying patches of grass.
Unfortunately, a wide variety of other causes (including a number of grass diseases) also produce this effect.
Few situations frustrate property owners as much as dedicating time performing grub control treatments, only to discover the applications did not resolve the actual underlying lawn problem because a plant disease, not insects, caused the damage.
Sampling your yard at a point when young grubs have recently hatched to assess if an excessive number appear visible in the soil.
What constitutes an infestation?
Some insecticide manufacturers consider the presence of 10 or more visible grubs in a soil sample of one square foot (taken two inches deep) indicative of a possible infestation.
Sampling should occur in early August in order to permit the initiation of treatment to control grub numbers during the following year.
Lawn Grub Treatment Applications
Lawn grub treatments must enter the soil.
An application requires extensive watering immediately afterward in order for the chemicals to penetrate into the ground.
Before applying grub treatments to the grass, remember you will also destroy some other insects in the soil, including varieties of grubs which do not damage plant roots.
For this reason, if you already enjoy a healthy green lawn, you may wish to use caution in initiating an aggressive grub treatment program.
Insecticides used in grub control formulations also kill bees and butterflies.
Many experts recommend mowing immediately before applying treatments to your lawn in order to prevent spray from contacting any flowering plants.
Mowing immediately beforehand and then watering aggressively immediately afterward reduces chances of contact between the application and welcome garden insects.
Expert In Fort Worth Lawn Insect Control
Purple Care possesses extensive experience helping property owners maintain lush, healthy lawns and gardens.
We perform all aspects of our work responsibly and effectively. In addition to lawn care, we offer professional landscaping services in Arlington and Fort Worth TX. We treat your lawn with TLC!
Contact Us Today!
To discuss your lawn care or landscaping needs with Purple Care, simply call 817-880-6052. You can also reach us via our online contact form.
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