Keeping your yard at optimal health is a delicate balance in Lunenburg, Leominster, Concord, and surrounding areas. You have to make sure it’s being mowed properly, fertilized correctly, and has the right weed control applications.
Without those balances, your lawn may not be strong enough to fend off insect infestations or disease. A common problem we see here in our area is the invasion of grubs. Grubs can invade your lawn and quickly kill it off. Here is a guide to grubs and what they can do to destroy your yard.
What Exactly Is a Grub?
Simply put, a grub is a larva. These larvae grow up to be adult beetles who lay eggs which hatch into larvae, beginning an endless cycle unless it’s stopped. These types of beetles are usually Japanese beetles or June bugs. Their larvae, or grubs, typically hatch sometime in the summer about two weeks after the eggs are laid.
Grubs Feed on the Roots of Your Grass
As soon as grubs hatch, they then begin to feed on the roots of your grass. This causes the blades to die as they no longer have a way to suck up much-needed nutrients from the soil around them.
While the grubs continue to grow, they nest deeper and deeper into the soil and continue to attack the root system of your grass. They stay deep in the soil all through the winter so they can emerge in the spring and eat more roots before entering their pupal stage to transform into adults.
Grubs will end up killing your lawn if left unchecked.
Signs Your Yard is Infested with Grubs
If you begin to see brown patches in your yard, it can be an indicator of a few different issues. The best way to tell if these patches are caused by grubs is to see if the grass will lift up and then roll up like carpet. This is a tell-tale sign of grub infestation. These patches can pop up during winter or during the summer.
Wildlife such as raccoons and skunks also feed on grubs. If you notice torn up grass or see an increase in these animals in your yard, this can also be a sign of grub infestation.
How We Prevent Grubs from Destroying Your Yard
Grub control is best when it’s done proactively, so we have created an effective program made to ensure your yard can fight them off. Grubs are at their weakest in late spring through the summer. These treatments are best applied when the grubs are young, right after they hatch.
Do you think your yard may have a grub infestation?
Call us today at (978) 582-1594. We can come out to do a free inspection of your yard to see if grubs are indeed the issue. If they are, we can devise a treatment plan to get them out of your lawn and keep them away. We have many years of experience working with properties throughout the areas of Lunenburg, Leominster, and Concord, as well as other areas of Worcester and Middlesex Counties.