Grubs are a common problem in Texas lawns. Many homeowners don’t know what’s causing their lawn issues when they begin to see brown, wilting patches. They’ve tested their soil and fertilized appropriately. They are conscientious about watering, and they make sure that they use proper mowing techniques.
So why do patches of their lawn look like they are dying?
The answer may be grubs. You can see if your grass is suffering from a grub infestation by using a shovel or trowel to dig up a section of that dying lawn. Actually, it isn’t always necessary to use any tools at all. Patches of grass that are being fed on by grubs are typically only slightly attached to the soil. This makes it possible to simply peel the grass back with your hands. If you see a lot of small, white, c-shaped worms, then you’re definitely dealing with grubs.
Grubs are the larval stage of certain beetles
Grubs are the larval stage of certain beetles that are common in Texas. Last year’s beetles are probably responsible for this year’s crop of grubs. These tiny worms like to feed on the roots of your grass. If there are enough of them, then they can do some serious and widespread damage. Your lawn will be doing its best to grow new roots, but it remains susceptible to moisture stress if the weather is dry and hot. Accordingly, it’s not really the grubs that kill your lawn, but a lack of hydration.
Grubs don’t harm people or spread diseases
Grubs don’t harm people or spread diseases. Nonetheless, they can wreak serious havoc on your grass, and it will cost money to correct the problem. Unfortunately, many people who try to deal with grubs on their own choose the wrong approach or use the right approach at the wrong time of year. Either way, they are not going to effectively stop the damage that grubs can cause.
If you suspect that you have a grub infestation in your lawn, thengive us a call. We know that the best time to treat grass for grubs is in the later summer and early fall. This is the time when grubs are small, vulnerable and close to the surface. Spring time is often too late as the grubs aren’t feeding on the grass any longer. Winter generally doesn’t work because the grubs have burrowed below the surface. With our knowledge and expertise, we can rescue your North Texas lawn.