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Utah Lawn Care: April Insects and Diseases

While it is still early in the growing season, April Utah lawn care can still include treating insects or diseases that appear on your lawn. April insects can include White Grub and diseases can include mushrooms.

White Grub

There aren’t many insects that appear in Utah in April. Too possibilities that have been seen in the past are Cranberry Girdler and White Grub. You may want to keep your eye out for signs of these insects while going about your spring landscaping chores.

White grubs are approximately 2” in length, are a cream color, and have a dark head. They cause multiple brown spots to appear on your lawn, and they spread rapidly. If you pull up a section of your lawn that has a brown spot it will often come up in one piece. You may also see the insects just underneath the grass in the soil when you remove the damaged area.

While the common growth period for White Grub is July through September, you may see them as early as April. In order to treat the problem you can apply an insecticide to the infected areas. You can repeat the treatment several times until you begin to see the dead grubs on the soil. Once you have treated the lawn and remove the insects, your lawn will often recover on its own within 4-6 weeks.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be seen if the area experiences unusually heavy rainfall in April. While mostly they are just an eyesore, they can indicate a potential problem. Mushrooms are usually caused by moisture in the soil; however they can also be created by a large among of decaying organic material.

Mushrooms can indicate a drainage issue in your yard that needs to be remedied to prevent other landscaping issues. They can also show you an area that has a large amount of dead leaves, grass, or animal waste.  You can prevent the growth of mushrooms by removing dead leaves and raking the yard after you mow the lawn, especially if the grass was high before it was cut.

If you continue to have a problem or are looking for a different solution, you can spray mushrooms with a fungicide to remove them. You can mow off their heads when you take care of lawn as another method of removing mushrooms.

If you don’t mind their presence esthetically, mushrooms can help your lawn by breaking down decaying organic material and depositing it back in your soil. Since mushrooms will often die off on their own as the spring rains decrease, they could be viewed as a temporary way to offer extra nutrition for your lawn.

If your Utah lawn care chores in April include dealing with White Grubs, mushrooms, or other insects or diseases, feel free to contact us. We can examine your lawn and offer you some advice as to how to get the most out of your landscaping efforts.

 

Lawn Care Utah: White Grub Prevention

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/

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