Grubs in Your Soil?

grubGrubs are the larvae of a variety of beetle species, including the Japanese beetle. Usually small and white, grubs have distinctive c-shaped bodies. The larvae feed on the roots of plants, preventing the plants from taking in nutrients and weakening the plants very quickly. Grubs makes garden plants and lawn grass more susceptible to disease and other insects. If you see these in your soil, it is best to destroy them using a pesticide. There are things you can do to prevent them as well as stop them from hatching if they have already made it into your lawn or garden.

Plants are available that can be used to prevent adult beetles from feeding and mating in the garden, which then leads to grubs the next year. According to North Dakota State University, evergreens repel the Phyllophaga implicita or horn beetle, keeping these insects from entering a garden or lawn. There are plants, like sunflowers, that are tolerant of grubs and help to reduce grub damage.

Tilling helps control the population of grubs before they can hatch. Turning up the soil in the garden exposes the beetles” eggs to the open air, sunlight and pesticide applications, which helps reduce the number of grubs that are capable of hatching. Till the garden annually to help uproot any existing grubs and kill them. Make sure you jameshallison casino till in early spring, before the grubs hatch.

If you have larvae in the soil, it really is best to apply a pesticide.  Make sure you have a pesticide made for use on grubs. Follow the directions on how often to apply. Combine this with the tilling and you should successfully remove the grubs. If you feel as though your grub situation is not manageable and you”re concerned about the application of pesticides, we suggest contacting a professional (like Tom”s!) .  They are very familiar with this problem and are well versed in how and when to apply pesticides. The critical part of the application is to make sure plants are not affected by improper use of these chemicals.  You certainly don”t want to risk damaging ornamental plants, gardens or other investments in your lawn.

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