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Grub Invasion Destroys Ohio Lawns

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Contact  Portage Turf today to schedule your grub control and lawn care visit to stop the damage in its tracks. Most lawns in Ohio are recovering nicely from summer disease issues and are returning to their thick, dark green state.  Some lawns are not- large brown lawn patches may mean a grub infestation has eaten all your turfgrass roots- and if that wasn’t bad enough, skunks and raccoons will soon be by to feast on the tasty treats and begin rolling your turf up like carpet! How did they get here?

Around June adult beetles lay their eggs after eating tree and shrub leaves. Those eggs drop, hatch, and become grubs, which then crawl to eat your lawn’s root system. The best time to control grub populations is when those grubs are newly hatched and small in size before they are big enough to cause significant damage. Here in Northeast Ohio, that window of opportunity is May thru July.  Preventative grub control is cheap insurance against losing a beautiful lawn. Portage Turf Specialists want you to know who is at risk for grub damage so you can protect the investment you’re putting into your lawn care. Here are a few things to look for before deciding if you need to add grub control to your regular fertilization program:

  • Trees and shrubs that attract beetles
    • Plum
    • Purple Sand Cherry
    • Weeping Cherry
    • Roses
    • Linden
  • Lawns that have “Bentgrass” varieties
  • Live healthy soil with adequate organic matter
  • Lawns getting plenty of moisture while surrounding areas are experiencing drought conditions
  • Observing certain insects on your property
    • Japanese Beetles
    • June Beetles
    • Masked Chafer Beetle
    • Chinch Bugs/Billbugs
    • Armyworms

For the cost of one extra lawn care visit a year you can protect your lawn from devastating grub damage. 

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