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Physical Ways to Avoid White Grub Infestation
By Jackie Tyler Platinum Quality Author

A healthy lawn can endure grubs feeding on it.  The damage will not be as apparent as on a lawn that is weak or stressed.  Such lawns can prepare themselves.  Try to provide the best environment possible for your lawn, such as proper drainage.  When moisture levels in the ground are elevated, more damage will result.  Proper drainage for your lawn includes removing with a rake or with a dethatching machine the thatch that can't be removed manually.  This will help to aerate compacted soil, aiding in proper drainage.

The beetles lay their eggs, generally in late July or early August, in a short lawn.  Therefore, it is advisable to raise your lawn mower blade in order to lengthen the grass and discourage egg laying on your property.  The optimum height for grass should be between 21/2 -- 3 inches.  Other benefits that come with longer grass shards are that less watering is required, because the soil maintains hydration longer, thereby reducing water consumption. Hence, reducing costs.

With that said, water your lawn deeply once per week only.  What you are trying to achieve is to send water beneath the roots to encourage deep grass roots. If you are unsure as to how much water is enough, this tip will help: place a container near your sprinkler to collect water; once the container fills with about one inch of water, that's enough.

Clean your lawn in the fall, thoroughly.  Don't allow it to winterize with dead leaves or weeds on it. Use a rake to remove the thatch as this can expose the grubs to animals that want to feed on them.

You can physically pick beetles by hand as well, although most of us don't have the time or the desire to do so. If you notice grubs, you must understand that they will and are feeding on the roots of your grass, therefore apply fertilizer with high potassium and seed in those areas in order to keep grass healthy.

Another method to control grubs in your lawn is by applying milky spore.  This literally kills them and it is an environmentally safe bacteria product.

Does your lawn look like a tank has driven over it or as if some people have been playing golf on it while you were sleeping? If so, your lawn is probably infested with white grubs. You must act quickly, before they take control of the turf. Don't miss the optimum time to get a hold of the situation. Get all the information you need about treating white grubs at Milky-Spore. There you will find the solution.

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