White grubs are the primary species that you'll find under your grass. They wreak havoc on your turf if the right treatments are not applied to stop them. If applied in the early summer months, preventative grub control treatments will kill off grubs before they hatch. However, if you've missed that preventative treatment window, it is possible that you are now seeing extensive grub damage such as spongy turf and grass that lifts up like a carpet. So, what do you do now?
Curative treatments are the only way to eradicate a grub infestation. However, you should know that this will not reverse the damage that has already been done. Core aeration and overseeding are essential lawn care services that will nurse your lawn back to health after a grub infestation.
Tell-tale signs of a grub infestation include a spongy-feeling lawn and grass that lifts up like a carpet.
A grub infestation makes it impossible for your lawn to flourish.They eat away at your roots, thus removing your turf's access to essential nutrients. Tell-tale signs of a grub infestation include:
- Spongy-feeling grass.Your grass will feel spongy to the touch when grubs have invaded your lawn. This is the result of improper hydration which is a real possibility once grubs have eliminated the root system of your turf.
- Grass that lifts easily like carpet.Without roots, the grass won't stay in place and will lift easily like a carpet.
- Multiple grubs in your lawn.Look out for more than 10 grubs at a time on your lawn. You may even notice an increased number of pests, like raccoons, skunks, or opossums, who may rummage through your turf in search of grubs.
Curative grub treatments can begin healing your lawn.
Curative grub treatments are the only effective solution in the event that you missed preventative grub control and are now experiencing a grub infestation.It's worth mentioning that this treatment method is not the silver bullet to reverse all damage that grub infestation has caused. However, a curative treatment will stop the grubs from destroying your lawn any further. The best thing you can do is schedule your treatment as soon as possible to begin healing your lawn.
For a curative treatment to be the most effective, it should be applied immediately after you spot the grub damage.
Fix grub damage with aeration and overseeding.
Grubs work hard to detach your grass blades from their source of water and nutrients. Poor hydration and nutrition access is what ultimately kills off your lawn. After grub control, your yard would benefit from extra care to restore it to its full beauty. This is where aeration and overseeding can fix the damage. Here is how they work:
- Aeration: An aerator machine will dig up small cores of soil across your lawn so that the nutrients your grass needs will be able to efficiently seep through to the remaining roots.
- Overseeding: This process involves scattering your lawn with new grass seeds to encourage germination. The prime time for this service is directly after core aeration so that the seeds can fall into the newly created holes and receive great seed-soil contact.
Looking to eliminate a grub infestation and restore your lawn? We can help! Call us today to schedule an appointment.
At A+ Lawn & Landscape, part of our specialty is treating lawns to safeguard them against destructive pests like grubs. We offer our grub control services in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and nearby areas in Iowa.If your lawn needs to be restored after an infestation of grubs, we can help! Call us today at (515) 289-2020 to schedule your appointment.