If you’re wondering why some patches of your lawn never became green again when spring arrived, the answer might be grub worms.
Also known as “lawn grubs” or “white grubs,” these C-shaped worms will eventually grow into one of many different beetles, including June bugs, but until they do, they’re feasting on the roots of your grass, causing sections to brown and die.
We’re currently right in the middle of grub season, which stretches from March to October. But the best time for getting rid of grub worms is early August, after the majority of the eggs have hatched, feeding has begun, and the grubs are still very young. By October they will be fully grown and more difficult to eradicate.
So how do you know if you have a grub problem? Take your shovel out in a couple of months as we enter late summer and dig up about one square foot of sod a couple of inches deep. If you see anywhere from one to seven grubs, no sweat—this is few enough for your lawn to easily support without compromising its health. But if you see eight or more, it’s more than likely you have an infestation of the entire yard.
An active grub overpopulation will cause irregularly-shaped brown patches in your lawn, and may also create a “spongy” feeling in the grass or the presence of digging predators like armadillos, raccoons, or moles, tearing at your turf to get a tasty treat.
If you’ve been seeing these brown patches, check to make sure that grubs are actually to blame by pulling at the dead grass. If it rolls up easily like a carpet, or you can see that the pulled grass is missing its roots, it’s time to get rid of your grub worms.
When applying products to manage your grub population, it’s important to consider not only the current season, but the continuing life cycle of the beetles to blame. Greener Texas can help you get rid of this season’s grubs and prevent them from coming back next year all in one treatment. Give us a call at (512) 930-0897 to schedule your free estimate.