10 August 2015

How To Get Rid Of Grub Worms In The Lawn

Grubs worms in the lawn, a real problem... here is everything you need to know when it comes to preventing or getting rid of them in your lawn. Best grub control ...

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but this is the sickest balcony I have ever seen at a house we're at the top of a 7-story a7 flat in Boulder that with Big Al's I would've this sentence the 777 flat look at this view look at this is these mountains she like seal over like the whole neighborhood the new place is Boulder Colorado and the answer is no although I do love Boulder and if you're ever gonna go you need to stay at the Airbnb called the castle be I'll link it in the description below I was just there for business this week and we stayed in the castle beat just an incredible cool awesome place only a couple blocks from Pearl Street right in the heart of where you want to be in Boulder man I need to shade holy cow so I've started including some stuff from my work life in these videos because a lot of you guys asked me what I do I actually work for this company right here launched digital marketing I'm the vice president of digital strategy we're located in Naperville Illinois but don't take that as any kind of hint is where I'm moving to which is where I'm moving to is somewhere completely different that you'll never guess

Jake's gonna help me out today because as you guys know a movie and so because of that I can't take any propane tanks on our moving truck and I'm out of propane so what does that mean yeah I can't edge I can't weed wet nothing are you gonna charge me so that's what we got going on today in addition to a few other things around the around the lawn care nuthouse okay so a lot of you guys have been asking for a video on grub worms now that's another one of those things that I just don't have in my lawn at least not right now because it's just a little bit too early the other thing is before we talk about grub worms because inevitably we're going to talk about how to kill them right I want you to understand again that I practice integrated pest management and what that essentially means is I don't use chemical or unnatural means to treat a pest unless I feel like it's going to negatively affect the use of my primary crop which in this case is turf I have to determine our grub worms a threat to my crop or my lawn so to make a long story short I get grub worms in my lawn every single year they just are not in high enough numbers to do any damage to

my turf and in fact in the 11 years I've lived here I've never had to treat my lawn for grub worms once but that doesn't mean you should now another thing to think about is shady versus sunny you're not gonna have grub worm problems in a shady area so don't waste the money and don't waste the extra chemical by throwing it in shady area so I do have a very old video on this channel though where I did find some grub worms back when I worked for the big lawncare company I filmed it on an old iPhone 3 but I'm gonna go ahead and show you some of that video here because you can see the extensive damage that was done to this lawn so if your lawn is well arrogated and still green in the summer heavy heavy Sun or straight Sun all day long and you feel like you're just getting healthy you're not super thick you're not super vigorous you're just getting there then a grubworm treatment may be right for you for all the details though let's go back inside the studio and let me give you the whole lifestyle of the grub worm so that way you can understand how to prevent or kill him all right so today let's talk about grub worms so here we

are familiar soil line and of course and of course as you know we also have turf and this is my turf here man this is probably your turf here we'll give you little credit maybe this is your turf here and then of course maybe up turf you also have root system regretfully it has to have a root system alright so there we are so we got roots and we got turf grass yeah all right so let's get our bearings here so this is January and February okay and we're gonna say this here is April May June and then we're gonna say of course that this is September October right here and this is November December over here make sense so I kind of break things up by these kind of months okay so now for purposes of this video we are gonna go ahead and start right here in the June time frame and we're gonna start with what is called a Japanese beetle also called a masked Shaffer beetle they have little wings on the back part look like a ladybug but these are massive ordeals so they can call Japanese beetle also called junebug also called June bug and the June bugs are living in the soil and at this time they are ready to emerge and so when June comes and we get a lot

of good sunlight and we get a lot of rain in the spring it kind of wakes these guys up you'll see why here in a second and they kind of start to come out of the soil and they fly out and fly away that's my best rendition of a June bug and they fly away and they fly all around in June and July so Japanese beetles June bugs math shaker beetles they fly around in June and July and they'll they'll munch on your trees in your shrubs like your river birch this is my best way of drawing a river bridge I also see them on purple plum I've seen them on Rosa Sharon and roses in general they're all over roses this is horrible and they chew on roses and they eat and they cause all kind of problems okay now the other thing that June bugs do while they're out flying around is they mate and they lay eggs in the lawn and that's typically going to be in July and August which we don't have represented here they're gonna lay their eggs in the lawn so they're doing all this damage flying around and then they lay eggs in one and those eggs hatch and they become grub worms this is my best rendition of a grub worm they look like a little shrimp

kinda under the ground those grubs they feed on the root system of the wand through July August into September and that's what they do they crunch down the roots and that's how they make their diet and that's how they grow and of course as you can imagine when those roots begin to die sometime in September and October depending when the lawn comes out of summer dormancy if it was in dormancy at all you'll start to see brown spots in the lawn and those are gonna show up in like September or October parts of the area of the lawn will just die but what happens is we get our first freeze and these guys bury down deep so then the grub worms they go down deep and so then they're all living down here underground they've been eating your grass roots all summer all late summer early fall and then they're here overwinter so the following year these grubs are down underneath the soil and they've been kind of buried they're hibernating all winter and then once we get into March and April and the temperatures start these guys start to come back up towards and migrate up now they will do a little bit of feeding in the springtime here but it's not

typically enough to hurt the lawn because the lawn is growing because the lawn is growing so vigorously in the spring from all the rain that we get it's it's really so vigorously that this little bit of feeding that these guys do here in spring is not gonna issue the reason that's important is because you don't need to treat for grub worms in the spring it's one of the biggest it's one of the biggest misconception that I find you don't treat for grub worms in the spring so anyway so those guys come up and then they start to follow this exact cycle all over again and they emerge as June bugs so you can kind of see if you look very carefully you can see this pattern right there up from the ground in the spring and then they emerge in the summer and then they lay more eggs and then they feed on your lawn all during the late summer and fall and then they go back down again and the process starts all over you kind of understand that if you can see that life cycle that's the life cycle of the grub worm or the June bug or the mashed Schaefer beetle okay so then the question always says Alan when do we treat for grub worm if we don't want to

do this damage beginning in July August and starting to show itself in September and October end of November what do we do and the truth is we need to put down a preventative and we need to put it down before the grub worms start to feed so right in here we need to put down a preventative to stop those grub worms so that's going to typically be June where I live if you live further south you're probably going to need to do a little bit earlier in a if you little bit further north you can wait until late June but typically June is when you want to treat for grub worms now couple things with the preventative we used to use a product called Merritt it's what they used in Scots grub X and everything else there's some newer chemistry out that lasts a little bit longer and has a little bit less of a rate and has a little bit what you might call safer rating for the environmental low toxicity type rating so that's something I want to check out but either way you want make sure that what you buy if you're applying in June is exactly that a preventive pre Vince - I think you can see all that preventative right and put that down right there in June

one time that's it it will last all the way through the feeding season and typically the way that these work just you know is they have to be watered in must be watered in let's put that up here if you do not water your preventative in it won't work watered in will call it I in in like watered in like a motel right so maybe I'll remember it the reason you are it is because it has to get inside the root system of the plants the products to get inside there so when the grub alarm start too much it will activate and the way most of these activate is they actually cause the grub worms to lose their appetite the old school merritt was what was called a neo nikita node which if you understand that word it understands it sounds like nicotine nicotine when you smoke cigarettes it makes you feel full the Neo Nick at annoyed when the insects in this case the grub worms would feed it would make them feel full they would stop feeding and then they would die some of the newer chemistry's worked the same way they basically disrupt the way that the grubworm system operates all right another thing to consider

let's say that you missed your grub worm preventative and you're noticing that you've got damage coming up so that's gonna be typically over here you're gonna notice that in September right or October depending your lawns been brown from the summer what's been going on how other what other proms are ID but either way that's typically when you can find them at this point it's too late for a preventative so you have to put down a curative and a curative will kill within 24 hours doesn't matter really just get what's at the store that's labeled to kill grub worms within 24 hours and other insects that's what you're gonna want it's not gonna repair the damage but it will keep the damage from getting any worse and then you'll have to do some seating in the spring of which I could link to a video below that I did there okay so if you are gonna apply a grub worm treatments here lawn I don't want you to use one that's got fertilizer mixed into it because it's just gonna be extra synthetic nitrogen that we don't need in the lawn especially if you're on one of my programs so what I encourage you to do is go to your professional landscape

center I like John Deere landscapes for example but wherever the pros in the area buy their products that's where you need to go and ask them for a granular product that has grubworm control only if you can't find a grub only treatment at one of your local landscape Supply Center so they won't sell to you then this is an opportunity for you to call a professional company and ask them for a grub treatment they'll typically do it liquid if they can or granular but they will have grub worm only treatments so this might be something you hire out by the way Jake and I were just talking these lungs look horrible don't they yeah we just all dried out what we gonna do about that trying to get it down as waters we can yeah you try to water your way through it come on how many time did you water this week they're ready did you really all right well I'm letting mine go as you know yeah it's hard for me to do