When it comes to things like your car, your health, or your computer, it typically costs less and is less time-consuming to address any problems before they arise rather than waiting for something to go wrong and react to it. It’s why you go to the doctor for regular checkups or use various firewalls and antivirus software on your computer. Grub damage is no different. If you find your lawn infested with grubs, they can end up doing serious damage if they are left unchecked.
In Wisconsin, you’ll find grubs eating the roots of your grass in the summer, and their presence even attracts other unwanted guests such as raccoons to your lawn as well. When this happens, it means you’re going to have to spend more time and money on curative grub control and extra lawn care services to fix the damage done to your lawn when you could have prevented the problem altogether with preventative grub control. A preventative grub control treatment needs to be scheduled for June or July in order for it to do its job. It is a one-time, annual treatment that will permeate into your soil and prevent grubs from hatching and wreaking havoc on your lawn. Preventative grub control treatments give you the opportunity to control the problem, which can help keep your lawn full and healthy for the coming seasons!
With preventative grub control, the goal is to stop grubs before they begin to damage your lawn. Preventative insecticides are irrigated into the soil prior to any eggs hatching. All products are applied directly onto the lawn and approximately 1/2 inch of water needs to be applied afterward to wash the insecticide into the root zones—where the grubs are known to actively feed. Watering your lawn immediately after the preventative grub control is applied is key to ensuring the treatment works. If applied correctly to your lawn, it’ll keep your grass safe from grubs and prevent them from doing any significant damage.
It’s important to know when preventative grub control should be applied to your lawn to ensure that it works. For example, you don’t want preventative grub control applied too early in the spring. If applied too early, the preventative treatment will not be as effective because the insecticide will lose most of its potency by the time it is needed. If the preventative control treatment is applied too late, however, then the product will not be as effective on grubs that have already begun to hatch and grow. In this case, you would need to consider a curative treatment, instead. The ideal time to have preventative grub control treatment applied is typically in June or July, just prior to the eggs hatching.
By skipping a preventative grub control treatment, you put your lawn at risk of a grub infestation. Grubs eat the roots of your grass which significantly damages your turf. Additionally, their presence attracts many predators to your lawn such as raccoons, skunks, and crows. These animals will dig into your lawn to find more grubs to feast on, leaving your lawn not only patchy but also full of holes. When all is said and done, you’ll not only have to pay for curative grub treatment, but you’ll also need to pay more money to nurse your lawn back to health. With preventative grub control, you target the grubs before they have the chance to grow and destroy your lawn, eliminating many of the costs and headaches of trying to deal with them after they begin to feed on your lawn. This will free up more time, money, and effort into caring for your lawn to ensure that it’s the healthiest lawn it can be!