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Are Grubs a Problem in Johns Creek, Georgia?

Posted by Mark Nannenhorn on Jan 27, 2017 6:05:00 AM
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If your Johns Creek lawn is having trouble and you can’t figgrubs.jpgure out why your grass looks like its wilting or has brown spots when you have been watering and taking care of it normally, you may  have grub problem. Grubs may sound like they are the harmless meals of Timon and Pumba but they can really do a number of the health of your lawn if left unchecked. Grubs are the larvae of different types of beetles and are often pretty small, white, and have a kind of C-shape.


Grubs live in the soil under your yard and consume the roots of your grass. This is the reason you may be seeing areas of your turf dying or looking ill and wilted. The damage may be similar to what you would expect to see from diseases, drought, or highly compacted soil-all which impact how healthy the root system of the turf is.


If you suspect that the symptoms you are seeing in your lawn are coming from grubs, here is an easy way to test your theory. Cut three or four sides of a square of turf  where you expect you are having a problem with grubs and either lay back the square like a piece of carpet or remove the square from the area for a moment. Gently move the soil around with your hands (wearing gloves) or with a small spade to a depth of about four inches. If you find white grubs in a C-position you know you have grubs. The good news is you don’t need to be concerned if you find just a few.


When you start finding an average of nearly ten grubs in every square foot of sod, this is when you may need to consider a pesticide to control the damage they are doing to your lawn. Talk to a local lawn care company for a consultation and advice on recognizing what type of grub you have and the best options for controlling the problem.

Depending on the type of grub and the time of year, Greenfeet Lawncare experts may suggest different forms of control. One method is to allow your lawn to dry out to an extent. Grubs like moist or wet soil to live in and if you make their environment uncomfortable, they won’t be able to thrive. A pesticide is another option. Application of pesticides work best during the Spring and late summer or early fall. Discuss the correct time for application with Greenfeet Lawncare.