I have a grub problem. Large areas of my lawn can be pulled up, what should I do? Do I need to remove the dead grass and reseed? Today is October 17th and I live in Cleveland, OH. is it to late to plant grass seed this year?
I applied a product by Bayer Advanced, Grub Killer Plus. This is what my local nursery recommended. I did two applications and the grubs are still moving. I read your article and it seems that I should apply Merit Granules and Lama-Cyhalothrin. Should I apply these products now and wait to seed in the spring? What do you recommend.
At this point in time there is no need to treat. This is not due to the weather but rather the condition of the yard. One of the most important things when it comes to both keeping nice looking grass that’s also insect free is the condition of the soil in which everything is rooted. I never recommend doing anything turf management wise until I’m 100% the soil PH has been checked. Do you know the last time it was? This is critical if you expect to get it looking good and healthy again and only when you know it’s Ok will I recommend anything further.
So, what should you do? First, go to www.soil-ph.com and review the article posted. In the article you will see mentioned a PH Meter. Get one if you don’t yet have one readily available. This tool will enable you to monitor your Soil PH easily and you need to do this 4-6 times a year until you establish what I call an “annual pattern” for your yard. For my grass, I’ve been monitoring it so long I know it’s stable for 9-10 months and then it starts to drop. So I start measuring it now, late in the year, when I know it was Ok at the start. So far it’s still Ok but we did have a lot of rain this year so I’m expecting it to change at some time this winter. Last year it didn’t move at all but we were in a drought and very little fertilizer, water or anything much affected the dirt and this lends itself to subtle PH changes. On the flip side, chemical use, grub damage and rotting grass are all indicators of a PH that’s low. Combine that will any amount of rainfall or lawn irrigation and that’s a receipe for change. Find out what your soil PH is and from there, I’ll recommend a course of action.
If the PH is Ok, I’ll then want to know the size of the yard and the kind of grass you are growing. At that point I’ll recommend a list of products to use, how much and how frequently to treat. Undoubtedly it will involve the use of GRUBS OUT and some CYONARA RTS but what I’m saying to do now – finding out the soil PH first – is critical to the process. Let me know the level when you get it measured and we’ll proceed from there.