How do I know if I need Grub Control?
There are a few ways to spot grub damage in your lawn. Grubs feed on grass and grass roots. As the temperatures begin to get warmer, you will begin to see unhealthy patches of brown or wilting grass in irregularly shaped areas where the grubs are feeding. Grubs are also a food source for birds, gophers and moles. You will start to notice the damage made by these animals in the forms of ruts and holes in your lawn.
What do grubs look like?
White grubs are typically between 1/2" and 3/4" in length, although they may be smaller in early spring. They live about 2" under the surface of the soil. Grubs emerge in the early spring as larvae and they grow very fast as they feed off of your lawn.
When should Grub Control be applied?
It's best to catch grubs as early as possible, because oftentimes you don't know that you have them until it's too late. The best time to apply grub control is late spring or early summer.
What should I do if grubs have already damaged my lawn?
If grubs have made significant damage, your lawn will need some renovation work in the fall. Rake away dead debris and reseed bare or thin areas. As with most lawn conditions, prevention is key.
Aerating your lawn on a yearly basis is an easy way to keep your grass healthy. A simple definition of aeration is to cause air to circulate through. Your grass needs oxygen to grow, and core aeration helps it get it! Core aeration is a process that uses a machine with hollow tines that plunge into the soil to remove small plugs from it.
Over time, most lawns become compacted from several different causes, the most common being foot traffic. Lawn compaction doesn't just keep your grass from getting the necessary oxygen, it also prevents water from filtering down and nutrients from being absorbed. Aerating will open up your lawn and allow it to grow.
Thatch build-up is another key point to consider. Thatch is a tightly bound layer of dead grass that builds up by the base of your living grass. Thatch build-up can lead to lawn disease, an abundance of insects and water deprivation. If thatch build-up is an issue for you, aerating will benefit your lawn.
Aerating in the fall can also help eliminate weeds like crabgrass and allow fertilizer to get where it needs to go. Overseeding, fertilizing and aerating prevents weak spots in your yard that invite crabgrass in.
For cool-season grasses, it is recommended that you core aerate each fall. After aeration is completed, you should NOT rake away the soil plugs. A little patience is all you need! The plugs will actually improve the health of your lawn and they will disappear before you know it.
Overseeding keeps lawn thick and weed-free
Overseeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few homeowners do it. So, you ask, if I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now? The answer is grass is not immortal. After five or six years, grass plants will slow down their reproduction rates; they get tired just like we do as we age. Thin grass invites weeds.
There are two major benefits to overseeding. First, you insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if it has thinned, you will make it thick again. Thick grass has few if any weeds if it is mowed over 2 inches tall.
The second benefit is disease resistance. The new varieties of seed you sow this year will have better disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.
Early September is the best time to over-seed. To get the most out of over-seeding, it should be paired with your core aeration. Over-seeding at the time of aeration allows the proper nutrients within the seeds to establish deeper in the soil right within the turf's root system. This has been found to be the best way to create a denser, greener, healthier lawn and encourage a wider range of growth. As your lawn ages, it grows weaker and is less likely to spread. Over-seeding introduces new seed into your lawn which is often more heat and drought resistant, thus promoting new growth that is more likely to spread and develop into a thicker, greener lawn.
Why home lawns need need lime
Lime is applied to lawns for the purpose of balancing the pH of the soil. Soil pH, a measure of the soil's acidity, directly influences your lawn’s ability to absorb and use the nutrients from fertilizer.
As nutrients become less available, the lawn's color and ability to resist (or recover from) heat, drought, or traffic stress will be reduced. Applications of lime raise the soil pH and increase the availability of these nutrients, thus making it easier to maintain the quality and health of your lawn.
Finding Eau Claire lawn care professionals can be tough. Rainmaster Lawn Systems provides several quality Lawn Care Services in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and surrounding areas. If you have any questions about the health of your lawn, or if you would like to sign up for any of our lawn care services, please contact the office at 715.839.8484.