At Green Turf Care, we go beyond basic Whitehall lawn care and keep your lawn green and thriving with grub control services! 

Is it poor lawn maintenance or is it grubs? Grubs are commonly mistaken for other lawn maintenance such as poor watering or lack of lawn aeration, and while it could be these things, it could also be grubs!

Commons sign of grubs are patchy, discolored areas that can be caused by just about anything! So, if your lawn is spongy and you’ve noticed more birds foraging around, you may have grubs!

Get absolute proof with your Whitehall lawn care experts and schedule a lawn evaluation with them today.

Whitehall lawns are susceptible to a variety of grubs including scarab beetles — get help with grub control from Green Turf Care!

If you’ve been in Whitehall long, you know how vulnerable your lawn can be to the various species of grubs, with both the scarab beetle, Japanese beetle, and Northern masked chafer grubs being the most common offenders of home lawns. 

What are grubs? 

Grubs are soft-bodied, robust, and worm-like with underdeveloped legs that rest in a c-shaped position. They’re quite easy to spot with their white appearance against the dark, brown soil.

Grubs typically have a three-year life cycle which includes:

  • Laying eggs in the summer
  • Eggs hatch, and the grubs feed on grass roots until the cold arrives
  • Cold temperatures drive them deep beneath the soil — two to eight inches   
  • Warm weather arrives, and grubs continue to feed and mature

Grub Damage to Your Whitehall Lawn 

Grubs can cause mild to severe damage to your lawn, destroying your grass roots in the process. When grubs are present, they’re not always seen but their damage causes large patches of brown spots in an otherwise green lawn. 

The area can become quite spongy and the grass can easily be rolled back like carpet because the roots are gone. Another indicator of grubs is increased animal activity — skunks, birds, and other animals love to snack on grubs. 

While peeling back your lawn will likely expose these white grubs, it’s not always so obvious that it’s from them. Dry, dead patches can be caused by a variety of things, so it’s imperative that it’s diagnosed correctly the first time before you invest in lawn care services that won’t necessarily work. Connect with your local Whitehall lawn care company to diagnose your lawn care issues!

Got grubs? If you suspect you have grubs, connect with us for a lawn care evaluation today!

4 Different Types of Grub Control

Promote a healthy lawn in Whitehall every spring and summer season with grub control from Green Turf Care!

Grubs are crafty little creatures because their damage can be mistaken as poor lawn maintenance, over or under fertilization, or failure to aerate and overseed, resulting in brown, patchy, and dying grass areas. 

So, how do you know if you have grubs? It’s vital first, to get a proper diagnosis from a Whitehall lawn care company. Some tell-tale signs of grubs include:

  • Soft, spongy grass
  • Easily peeled back — like carpet — grass
  • More animal activity than previous seasons
  • Brown and thinning grass areas

Once you’ve confirmed that you do have grubs, there are a variety of grub control methods that can be used. 

4 Different Types of Grub Control

Not all lawns nor are all grubs the same, so it’s integral to get tailored grub control that considers both the condition of your lawn and the type of grub that’s causing damage. Let’s dive into the most common types of grub control for your Whitehall lawn.

Non-Chemical – Cultural   

If you’re a homeowner that wants to avoid chemicals, there is a non-chemical approach to grub control, but it comes with some bad news. In the warmest parts of the summer, typically July and August, if you keep your lawn dry, you can interrupt the life cycle and allow the eggs to dry up and die. 

But, this means you cannot use water, even to water your lawn! As a result, your lawn will dry up and turn brown in this season, and it’s not always a guaranteed method if it’s an unusually wet summer with heavy rainfall. 

Non-Chemical – Biological

If lawn damage is resulting from Japanese beetle grubs, you can use a bacterial milky disease that is quite effective at treating this grub species; however, if you’re dealing with the scarab species of grub, this biological agent holds little to no value in treating this type of grub. 

The bacterial milky disease also takes a long time to establish a yard and defend against the Japanese beetle, namely three to five years. 

Nematodes are also available to treat and suppress grubs, but have a short shelf life so you have to use them immediately. While their effectiveness is not always consistent, you may want to talk to lawn care experts about using them in addition to another treatment. 

Chemical – Immediate Grub Control

Work with your local lawn care company for an immediate chemical grub control application in the summer. Grubs are the most active at this time and often feed near the surface at the root level. 

This type of grub control takes a watchful eye on the active area because curative grub control has short, residual periods, so it needs to be applied at the perfect time. 

Chemical – Preventative

Preventative chemical grub control has a variety of formulations that are tried and true in the Whitehall area of Pennsylvania. When you partner with a lawn care business, they’ll assess your lawn and apply the grub control right before grubs hatch, typically mid-June through mid-July. 

Grubs are well-hidden insect larvae that make it difficult to pin down the root cause of brown, patchy areas, so it’s important to always have professional lawn care experts identify and diagnose a grub infestation. From there you have a variety of grub control options — non-chemical and chemical — to ditch the grubs and improve the health of your Whitehall lawn! 

Getting the lawn you’ve always wanted means addressing specific lawn issues, like grubs, today! Don’t wait, and manage and control grubs with Green Turf Care!