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Old 09-17-18, 05:38 PM
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Lawn question - grub treatment

Question for the lawn smart folks. Last year I spent a lot of time, money and effort in getting our new to us house's lawn nice and green - which included 4 treatments of fertilizer, grub treatment in July, aeration and seeding in fall, and weed killing between all of that along with a good amount of watering. The previous owners really let the lawn get bad, and I've been very happy with how I have it looking nice again!! This year however, I skipped the grub treatment (not sure why). What are the chances of grub's killing off a good portion of my lawn now? Is it guaranteed you guys think that I'll lose some grass? :-( Wish I would have just treated like I did last year - I sure don't want the effort to go to waste. Ugh.
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Old 09-17-18, 05:53 PM
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What sort of grub treatment did you do last year?
Do you see any grub activity "patches" now?
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Old 09-17-18, 06:21 PM
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I used what Menards has - their grub treatment bags. Imidacloprid .2% and "other ingredients" 99.8%.

As far as activity - I honesty am not sure if it's grub activity patches - or just patches of dead grass that's in areas that just isn't healthy from going through some rough heat and humidity and full sun for most of this summer. The spots are about as big as my hand, but I swear I saw the same patches last year. Otherwise, I don't have huge patches of dead grass or anything - besides the south side of my house which gets full sun every day - some of that is pretty "toasty".

Used this bag:

https://www.menards.com/main/outdoor...4429569228.htm
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I didn't use a lawn service last year or this year. I definitely think I'll be doing a lawn service next year - too many variables to screw up doing it non professionally (myself)… hopefully if I have grub damage they can repair - i'm sure at a cost (insecticide, aerate and seed).
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Is it really worth exposing anyone and anything to the poison that kills insects (and whatever eats those insects) in order to have a perfectly green lawn? Do any pets or children play on the lawn? It's none of my business, of course, but I spent decades around agricultural chemicals and people who used and dealt with them. I would never use them unless absolutely necessary, and only then with full personal protective gear. Just because it's sold to kill insects doesn't mean that it won't harm larger animals, such as people.
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Originally Posted by kevmk81 View Post
I didn't use a lawn service last year or this year. I definitely think I'll be doing a lawn service next year - too many variables to screw up doing it non professionally (myself)… hopefully if I have grub damage they can repair - i'm sure at a cost (insecticide, aerate and seed).
You don't need a lawn service unless you have more money than time. Or are physically unable or really hate lawn maintenance. I always loved it growing up and still don't mind if I still had a lawn. Anyway, you need to upload a photo. Chinch bugs were my greatest nemesis. Also, the early bird gets the worms.
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Chinch bugs are the worse here too they will leave parts of the lawn dead. Treat the lawn and wait it takes some time.
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Old 09-18-18, 11:07 AM
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Rip it up and plant a garden
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Grubs? We don't have any; we have chickens. Bonus: no tick issues, either...
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Grubs? We don't have any; we have chickens. Bonus: no tick issues, either...
Bonus: Fertilizer.
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Old 09-18-18, 03:21 PM
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I have a pack of vicious killer moles I unleash on them. Bonus: Great lawn aeration.
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I treated with concentrated milky spore powder about 5 years ago. We no longer have grubs. Milky spore is only poisonous to grubs and is all natural. The good part is that it controls grubs from year to year. Do a google search on it as there is tons of good info online.
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Old 09-23-18, 03:32 AM
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Did you take photos? We're still wait to see this grub damage.
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I don't worry too much about my lawn, just fertilize it spring and fall, water it regularly in the summer, and its fine. It has a few patchy spots, and I know it has grubs in the soil, but I can live with those few bad spots. I do care more about the lawn in the backyard, but I reduced the amount of lawn I care about in the front by 1/2 and let the rest kinda get trashy-looking; I want it to lack 'curb appeal' to burglars, but I do trim it occasionally so it doesn't look really bad .
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Grubs? We don't have any; we have chickens. Bonus: no tick issues, either...
Ticks use to be horrible until the arrival of fire ants. I would rather put up with fire ants than ticks.
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