How to Fix Your NY/NJ Lawn from Grub Damage

August 12, 2019 |

Do you have a patch of dead grass that seems to get bigger every spring and fall? Are there a lot of birds, raccoons and moles tunneling and digging in that area?

Then, you may have grubs.

Japanese, European chafer and Asian beetles are busy laying their second generation of eggs right now. If you want to control grubs in your lawn, you need grub control before the end of August.

Grubs’ Lifecycle

Timing is important when it comes to grub control applications. In June and July, grubs that hatched last fall start to eat your lawn roots with a vengeance since they’re growing into the pupate stage where they’ll later emerge as beetles.

Once the new generation of beetles, such as Japanese, European chafer, and Oriental beetles emerge from the soil, they’ll mate and start laying the second generation of eggs in your yard.

Female beetles will lay up to 60 eggs in a two- to three-week period.

Then, these eggs will hatch in August through November into the grub stage. August is the best time to use grub control to stop these small larvae from overwintering in your lawn.

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5 Signs of Grub Damage in Your Rockland County, NY Lawn

Grubs might not sound like a big deal. But if you have patches of dead grass or completely bare spots where turf should be growing, you need to investigate what’s causing your yard grass’ decline. Here are five signs of grub damage in your Rockland County, NY lawn:

  1. There are dead turf patches in the same place every spring and fall.
  2. You see birds, raccoons, and other animals digging around that same patch as your dying turf.
  1. You can pull your lawn grass back like a carpet.
  2. You can count five or more grubs (white, C-shaped larvae) in 1 sq. ft. of dirt.
  3. Your lawn grass feels spongy when you walk on it.

Why You Need a Professional Lawn Service to Fix Your Grub Problem

At Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape, we provide conventional and organic solutions to your lawn’s grub problem. Our conventional and organic grub controls are applied where grubs are eating your yard grass.

Then, in late October through July, we apply preventative grub control to destroy the young larvae from growing into adulthood the following spring. We’ll also overseed those bare patches of lawn so healthy grass can grow back.

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How You Can Help Restore Your Damaged Lawn

You can help us restore your NJ lawn. When you use proper lawn management techniques, you can improve your lawn’s chances of surviving grub damage.

Here are five ways you can help your NY lawn recover from grub damage:

  1. Give your yard only 1”– 2” of water per week. If it rains 1”-2” on a particular week, you can give your sprinkler system a rest.
  2. You don’t have to water your lawn every day. Matter of fact, it helps your yard develop deep root systems and survive a dry spell when it’s watered infrequently.
  3. You can naturally kill young grubs in late summer by cutting back on watering. Since your lawn will go dormant during the hottest times of the summer, you can also kill larvae by dehydrating them.
  4. Make your appointment with us so we can spot treat grubs throughout the summer.
  5. Make sure you sign up for our preventative grub control treatments from October through July. This grub control stops the second generation from eating your lawn in the fall and into the following spring.

Make Your Grub Control Appointment with Majestic Lawn Care before It’s Too Late

You have a short window of opportunity to put down curative grub control in late summer. Save yourself time and aggravation by hiring us at Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape for your grub control needs.

Plus, we’ll aerate and overseed your lawn this fall—including areas that grubs destroyed, so you have healthy, green turf in the spring.

Don’t wait—call us today at (845) 708-2988 for Rockland County, NY residents and (201) 788-7191 for Bergen County, NJ homeowners. You can fill out our contact form, and one of our customer service representatives will connect with you.

Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape takes care of properties in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ.


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