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Lawn grubs—those white C-shaped creatures you may find lurking in your soil—have the power to be highly destructive. Finding one or two grubs in your grass is no reason to panic, but you should be aware that a large population of grubs can do serious, sometime irreversible, damage to your lawn.
Grubs are actually the larvae of beetles, including those of the infamous Japanese Beetle—the pesky bug that can wreak havoc on your landscape in its adult form by eating your trees and shrubs. Beetles lay their eggs in the summer, so the grubs are born in the soil and typically start feeding on the roots of your lawn around mid-August. Damage from these grubs can occur rapidly, so it is important for you take the necessary steps to prevent them in the first place.
When you are making an investment in care for your lawn, the last thing you want is to have grubs destroy it. It’s a myth that a healthy lawn is safe from grubs. In fact, grubs prefer a healthy lawn because the eggs need moisture to hatch and so they will thrive in well-maintained soil. Furthermore, grubs can occur in any lawn; just because you have not had them previously does not mean you won’t have them in the future. Feeling safe from grubs simply because there has not been a problem in the past is a common reason we hear from homeowners declining to do lawn grub control.
Many people will also take the “wait and see” approach. They decide they won’t invest in lawn grub control until they spot a grub. But these tricky pests can often go unseen until the destructive result of their presence becomes so severe it may be too late to fix. At that point, when grubs have consumed your lawn roots, you may discover to your dismay that you can roll up the dead turf like a carpet.
Besides the “wait and see” approach, some homeowners try to tackle grub control for lawns on their own, using a store-bought product. There are older control formulas on the market, with some working better than others, but in the end the effectiveness of these treatments is completely dependent upon applying them at the right time. Considering there is no guarantee with this do-it-yourself method, you may feel it is more work than you want to take on alone.
Your best bet for successful lawn grub control is a professional-grade product applied by a professional lawn care company. This will ensure that the treatment is applied at the right time and in the right way in order to be most effective.
Ideally, you will want to include preventative grub control in your overall service package, so we can take care of young grubs as they hatch. We start our preventative grub control treatment on June 1st and, because the latest research shows that we can effectively apply these products all the way up to September 15th, we are able to insure we have provided the correct amount to keep grubs under control all season.
If you have not had the preventative application done and it gets too late in the season, your lawn care company may need to switch to a curative product, which will be more expensive. Preventative control can also help you avoid having to spend hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars to repair grub damage to your lawn.
The biggest benefit of receiving lawn grub control through Oasis Turf & Tree is the fact that we offer a guarantee. That is certainly not something you’ll have with any store-bought product you apply on your own! Our guarantee states that, should your lawn suffer any damage from grubs after we’ve applied our grub control, we will repair it at no cost to you. So you can see it is definitely worthwhile to invest in prevention which, for a relatively small cost, offers so much peace of mind.
Grub control is an important service that we believe is imperative for a healthy lawn. It’s simply not worth the gamble to go without it. Too many times we have witnessed homeowners take the risk and be sorry down the line. Having the assurance that your lawn is protected is the extra value that adding grub control to your overall lawn care program will mean for you.
If you’d like to find out more about our how our lawn care programs can protect your property, contact us for a free consultation or give us a call at 513-697-9090 so that we can answer any questions.
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