Damaged Grass: Do You Have Grubs in Your Lawn?

Damaged Grass: Do You Have Grubs in Your Lawn?

Maintaining a beautiful lawn is a challenge, especially when your hard work is undermined by an invisible pest underground. Does your yard have thinning grass, brown patches, or bare spots? You may have grubsin your lawn.

What Are Grubs?

Grayish white or light tan in color, grub worms are actually not worms at all. They are beetle larvae. Early in the summer, female beetles lay eggs in the grass or on plants. Once the eggs hatch, the small plump creatures work their way underground. There they feed on grass and plant roots throughout the summer and well into fall. An infestation of grubs in your lawn causes destruction because the damaged roots below ground can’t provide proper nutrients to the grass above.

Signs that There Are Grubs in Your Lawn

It’s spring, and while most of your grass is greening up nicely, there are several brown patches, bare spots, or areas with wilted yellowing blades. This turf isn’t getting the nutrients required to thrive. There could be an infestation below ground.

Damaged areas tend to feel spongy underfoot. This is because the root systems have been eaten away. If you grab a clump of the damaged grass and give it a tug, does it peel back like a loose rug? You’ll be able to see the tiny creatures at work underneath. They curl up as soon as they are exposed.

Have you recently noticed more wildlife visiting your yard? Birds and rodents feed on pests in the lawn and grubs make a juicy meal. Look for mole holes or disturbed dirt and you may find where rodents dig for dinner.

Another sign that you may have a pest problem is the sudden appearance of weeds. The damaged areas of grass left behind after a grub feeding frenzy provide the perfect environment for weeds to take root and spread.

What You Can Do About Grubs

A healthy, well-maintained lawn is strong enough to survive a few grubs here and there. Your best defense against these pests is proper and regular watering, mowing, and fertilizing.

If that’s not enough you may need to visit your local garden center. There you can purchase milky spore disease powder, a type of safe fungus in a powder form that when sprinkled on the lawn kills grubs and prevents them from returning. Beneficial nematodes are also available at the garden center. These microscopic parasites eat the grub larvae.

Want to try your own concoction? Mix up a solution of laundry detergent and water and spray it over the infected areas of the lawn. This forces the grubs to come to the surface. Then birds and other animals can easily prey on them or you can easily get rid of them yourself.

If these natural solutions don’t work, try an insecticide that contains the active ingredient trichlorfon. Follow the directions on the label carefully. Instead of dealing with dangerous chemicals, the best course to take is to call in a professional and let them assess the situation.

Call Us

As spring approaches, every lawn owner looks forward to the grass getting greener. Don’t let grubs in your lawn destroy your yard. To find out what’s damaging your grass or how to prevent pests, contact Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone].

Do It Yourself: Spring Lawn Seeding

Do It Yourself: Spring Lawn Seeding

Warmer weather is around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about greening up your grass. After a long winter, many lawns show signs of wear and tear and damage from the elements. Here are some tips to help you prepare for and perform spring lawn seeding.

Types of Spring Lawn Seeding and Grass

Damaged lawns benefit from either spot seeding or overseeding. Spot seeding helps repair thinning or bare areas of the turf. Overseeding helps thicken already existing turf by planting seed throughout a previously established lawn.

Whether you are overseeding the lawn or just touching up bare spots, consider the type of seed you want to use. What grass seed type you use depends on where you live. Cool weather grasses like bentgrass, bluegrass, ryegrass, tall fescue, and fine fescue typically grow in regions where temperatures drop below freezing. If you are uncertain of what type of grass seed you’ll need, consult a professional.

Preparing for Spring Lawn Seeding

Before you seed, give grass a good cutting, setting the mower to go as low as possible. This makes it easier for the seed to make direct contact with the soil.

Give the mowed grass a good raking to remove clippings and get rid of debris and thatch. This also loosens the soil below. If necessary, aerate the lawn.

Fertilize the lawn prior to seeding to give new grass a healthy foundation in which to take root and grow. Use a starter fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to provide good nutrients for the seeds.

Planting Seeds

Your turf is ready for seeding. If you are spot seeding you can do it by hand. But if you are overseeding the entire lawn, you’ll want to use a spreader. There are handheld spreaders for smaller lawns and broadcast spreaders for larger ones. Follow the directions on the seed bag label when you adjust the settings on the spreader.

To prevent seeds from getting eaten by animals or getting washed away by heavy rains, you can cover them with a thin layer of straw until the seedlings are tall enough.

Caring for New Grass After Spring Lawn Seeding

It’s important to keep the soil moist after seeding. Water the area lightly once or twice a day until the new grass is about the same height as the existing lawn. Take into consideration spring rain and water less if there are rainy days. Wait until the new grass is three inches tall before the first mowing. And keep it free of foot traffic until the lawn is well established.

We Can Help

Many lawns suffer damage during the winter months. If your lawn looks like it needs more than a little tender loving care, call in an expert. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care at [phone] for more information on spring lawn seeding. We’ll get your grass healthy and looking lush for the warm weather months ahead.