August is a difficult time for lawn care Utah due to the prevelance of different insects, weeds, and diseases. Long periods of high heat and little rain can put a lot of stress on your lawn, and this is when problems can develop. One problem that can occur is the appearance of white grubs in your lawn.
White grubs are insects that have a c-shaped body, spiny hairs growing on the bottom half, and a dark head. They can grow up to two inches long and aren’t usually seen about ground. The best way to determine if your lawn is infested with white grubs is to detect dry patches of grass that come up in one long strip. When you lift this strip and look underneath, you will see the white grub crawling around on the roots.
There are different ways you can prevent the growth and damage caused by white grubs. One way is to plant trees around your property to encourage shade, as white grubs don’t tend to thrive in shady areas. Another method is to practice proper watering techniques that encourage a strong root system and lawns that are resilient to many insects and weeds.
If you find that you are infested with white grub you can apply an insecticide weekly to kill them and prevent them from returning. Repeating the treatment in the fall, by mid September, will help prevent white grubs from returning and doing more damage.
If your lawn care Utah issues include dealing with white grubs or other lawn pests, Turf Plus is willing to help. Contact us to find out how we can help you with any of your lawn care problems.
White Grubs: The Illusion of Drought
You’ve applied herbicides, insecticides, and taken pains to root out the weeds and pests in your lawn; You’ve carefully gauged the hydration of your yard, applied the latest and greatest watering techniques, and ensured that you’ve tempered the height of your lawn according to the standards of the season; You’ve been thorough, devoted, and passionate in your pursuit of a lush, healthy green lawn; yet sadly, despite your best efforts, the dry brown patches typical to draught in the Summer months have begun to set in.
Little is more frustrating than seeing your hard work come to naught.
If your lawn seems like its drying out despite constant watering and maintenance, the problem may not be dehydration. Though gray-green coloring, wilting, and uneven patches are the signs typical to poor hydration during the hot months, they are literally the exact same symptoms of a white grub infestation.
Happily, testing for white grubs is nearly as easy as eliminating them. Locate affected areas, pull up on the wilted grass firmly, and, if the issue is indeed white grubs, the grass will pull up evenly and the little white monsters will be visible and exposed.
Looking to wipe out the squirming root demons chomping at your lawn? Carefully apply insecticide directly to the affected areas and check back periodically (once or so a week) for results. The process should work quickly, and as the white grubs die the spread of brown patches will cease and the little grubs will be dead on top of the soil.
White grubs become especially prominent during the later Summer months. Check for them as July sets in and ensure you take care of them quickly (they spread fairly rapidly). For more information on White Grubs, feel free to check our Lawn Tips section at http://turfplusutah.com/tips/