When it comes to maintaining your lawn, grub and insect control treatments are a vital necessity. Pests can destroy a beautiful lawn in a short period of time if not properly treated. A good lawn maintenance plan includes lawn services for the prevention and remedy of these lawn issues.
Larvae of several varieties of beetles in our area are highly destructive to lawns. In a small amount of time, your lawn’s root system could be severely damaged by grubs. Our trained staff knows how to keep your lawn looking great by protecting it from these damaging pests.
Grub damage will start to appear in late summer into the fall. Areas may appear to lose color or not green back up when weather starts to become more favorable. Grab a hold of the grass. If it pulls up like a piece of carpet and you see grubs underneath, it’s grub damage. If you’re finding damage you will need a Corrective Grub Control treatment and will most likely need to renovate and seed the lawn areas. If you are finding a few stray grubs in the spring, it is very unlikely they will damage your lawn during this time of year. However, make sure you have a Preventive Grub Control treatment completed in the spring/summer to prevent the damage later in the year.
If you notice damage to your lawn, it could be due to surface feeding lawn insects affecting your turfgrass. These insects are capable of destroying lawn areas in a very short amount of time, and repair of those areas can be very costly and aggravating. Having these applications performed each year on your property will not only help to protect your lawn, but can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in potential seeding and lawn renovation costs.
Chinch Bugs, Billbugs, and Sod Webworms are a few of the common lawn pests that can damage your lawn. Our Landscape Industry Certified Turfgrass Professionals are capable of properly identifying which of these insects are feeding on your lawn, and will offer their best recommendations to both curatively and preventively treat for these destructive lawn insects.
These insects are called “surface-feeding insects” because they feed above ground, unlike grubs who feed on the roots of your grass plants. They will most times be found in the thatch layer in late spring through early fall. Areas will start to lose color and can sometimes even look chewed-off or wilted. You will need to get down on your hands and knees to identify the pest issues. Look at areas near the edge of where the lawn is turning brown. Surface insects often start in a healthy area and keep spreading into other healthy ones. Chinch bugs are very small, about 1/8″ in size and may appear to hop from blade to blade. Sod Webworms are small larvae, about 1/2″ and often create small holes in the soil and silk-lined tunnels. Billbug larvae will appear almost like a miniature grub, only at around 3/8″ and will not have legs, similar to a grub.
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