Click here to learn more. Dismiss Notice Lye or Lime to get rid of grubs? Discussion in ' General Industry Discussions ' started by lowerideMay 10, Log in or Sign up. Sign up now! Read the timely article from Turf addressing this question. Lye or Lime to get rid of grubs? Messages: Someone told me that lye or lime?
Is this true? If so, anything I need to know about spreading this? Messages: 9, Dylox gets rid of grubs the quickest IMO. Messages: 1, Are you licensed to apply pesticides? Lime won't cure your grubs. Dylox is a curative; use it to kill young actively feeding grubs.
Messages: 13, Lime will kill grubs as much as getting rid of the grubs will cure the mole problem. RunnerMay 10, Do some research on moles, and you will find some interesting facts, along with some resolve to many of the myths that have trailed moles over the years. Though grubs are a delicacy for moles, their main diet is earthworms. However, as insectivores, they eat anything that comes in or near their runs. They are even known to eat mice within their runs.
They are very territorial. RunnerMay 11, You must log in or sign up to reply here. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account?
How to Apply Lime to Lawn to Kill Grubs
No, create an account now.Grub treatments work best in either early fall or summer. This is the time when grubs are active and closest to the surface of the soil. Always wear rubber gloves when applying the lime. Hydrated lime is caustic and should not come into contact with bare skin.
Moles are hardy little creatures that are the bane of gardeners everywhere. Their persistent digging can leave numerous holes and mounds in your yard--destroying the symmetry of a green, rolling lawn. In addition, moles tunnel under the ground, demolishing the root systems of your formerly thriving plants. Moles are carnivorous and feed primarily on small insects and worms.
Given that they spend the majority of their time beneath ground, they frequently feed on grub worms. By making your yard less hospitable for the grub worms, you can eliminate the moles' primary food source. As a result, the moles will take up residence elsewhere where grubs are more plentiful. Test your soil pH. You can purchase a pH tester at a home and garden supply store. Lime increases the alkalinity of your soil, and knowing the pH before you begin shows you how much lime you can add to the soil without doing severe damage to your lawn.
The ideal soil pH is between 6. Put on protective rubber gloves. Sprinkle the hydrated lime throughout the infested area. You can increase your soil's pH by one point by sprinkling, per yard, 4 oz. Liming requires a careful balance.
You want to alter the pH enough to drive away the grubs, but not so much that you cause lasting damage to your plants. Monitor the mole activity in your yard. If the moles remain, the grubs are still living comfortably beneath the soil. Repeat the liming process to further increase your soil's alkalinity and rid your yard of grub worms and, subsequently, moles. Ciele Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been a consumer advocate and credit specialist for more than 10 years.
She currently works in the real-estate industry as a consumer credit and debt specialist. Edwards has experience working with collections, liens, judgments, bankruptcies, loans and credit law. Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. Tip Grub treatments work best in either early fall or summer. Warning Always wear rubber gloves when applying the lime.Your lawn is a miniature ecosystem that relies on fertile soil and pest-free surroundings for a long and healthy life.
Using lime and grub killer on your lawn allows you to control your pest population while providing a balanced soil pH for strong grass roots. But applying these chemicals to a newly planted lawn may harm the growing seedlings unless you time the application correctly. Although it takes two growing seasons to completely establish a new lawn, the seedlings should be ready for lime and grub killer once they reach 3 to 4 inches tall.
At this point, your new grass has never been cut and you should mow the lawn to remove one-third of the blades' lengths. A nicely trimmed lawn allows you to apply the chemicals evenly.
If you have extremely long grass blades, the chemicals cannot spread correctly. Waiting for the grass to grow gives you a visual marker that the ground cover is established enough for you to apply chemicals.
The best time to lime your lawn is before seeding the area -- the lime can take a few months to fully alter the soil's pH. But newly seeded lawn areas can still receive liming as long as the grass has grown enough.
Use a soil pH test kit in the spring or summer to determine if liming is needed. To prevent weed seeds from taking advantage of the optimum soil pH, lime the grass near the end of summer and into fall. Over the cooler months, the soil has a chance to change its acidity level so new grass growth explodes the next spring.
If your area is prone to grub infestations, you need to apply a slow-release grub killer near the beginning of June after the new grass seeds are tall enough for normal mowing. Because the grass blades are strongly rooted, they withstand the chemical application. For example, the slow-release chemical remains within the grass blades and roots so grubs feeding on them during August die off.
Poorly established grasses cannot tolerate this long-term chemical presence. Instant grub killer mixtures typically have stronger chemicals so they can eradicate an unexpected infestation. Well-established grasses easily withstand the instant grub kill. The chemical usually wears off quickly so that the grass does not have any lasting residues on its blades.
Immature grasses tend to suffer and die back from strong chemical exposures. Writing professionally sinceAmy Rodriguez cultivates successful cacti, succulents, bulbs, carnivorous plants and orchids at home. With an electronics degree and more than 10 years of experience, she applies her love of gadgets to the gardening world as she continues her education through college classes and gardening activities. Skip to main content. Home Guides Garden Soil Care. Establishing Grass Although it takes two growing seasons to completely establish a new lawn, the seedlings should be ready for lime and grub killer once they reach 3 to 4 inches tall.
Liming The best time to lime your lawn is before seeding the area -- the lime can take a few months to fully alter the soil's pH. Slow-Release Grub Killer If your area is prone to grub infestations, you need to apply a slow-release grub killer near the beginning of June after the new grass seeds are tall enough for normal mowing.
Instant Grub Killer Instant grub killer mixtures typically have stronger chemicals so they can eradicate an unexpected infestation. About the Author Writing professionally sinceAmy Rodriguez cultivates successful cacti, succulents, bulbs, carnivorous plants and orchids at home. Accessed 09 April Rodriguez, Amy. Home Guides SF Gate. Note: Depending on which text editor you're pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name.
Customer Service Newsroom Contacts.Click here to learn more. Dismiss Notice Lime for killing grubs? Log in or Sign up. Sign up now! Read the timely article from Turf addressing this question. Lime for killing grubs? Messages: I have a mole infestation.
Well, actually a grub infestation. I have heard that lime will kill the grubs. Anyone know what kind of lime to use? Where do i get it? Messages: 3, MarcosMar 25, Lime will not kill grubs, unless you smother them with it. A old professor of mine used to say a core aerator will kill grubs too but it's not practical. A licenced individual would use Merit Imedacloprid to kill grubs as they hatch in July- August or Dylox if they are discovered late.
Messages: 1, Messages: 13, If you get rid of the moles, RunnerMar 25, Male, from OHIO. Messages: 6, What a goof ball! I wish it were true Even if it did kill Grubs, it would also raise soil pH too high.
What's wrong with GrubEx? You must log in or sign up to reply here. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?Farmers face the issue of grub worms on their lots from the end of the summer till the beginning of the fall. The worms feed on plant roots causing the lawn to wither and bronze, and the soil becomes loose. You will find out what the six most effective treatment ways approved by the scientists for short and long term.
You will decide whether it is better to use chemical or natural killers. Finding a perpetrator is a piece of cake, just check the damaged area for these pests. You will hardly confuse them with anything else, as grub worms have a peculiar body C-shape, six short legs, brown head and a cream body. Their lower abdomen is darker due to the soil particles in it. Grub worms can reach two inches in length. Remove some of the damaged soil carefully, especially in places where green grass borders brown grass and check for the grub worms matching the above description.
If you find five or fewer, do not worry, but they can definitely do harm to your lawn if there are over ten of them.
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Still, consider other factors of grass withering. For instance, in shady places, grass roots weaken and tear easily and larvae do not hatch.
Another signal of these pests infecting your garden will be skunks and raccoons digging the lawn at night in search of food. It is highly likely that they are looking specifically for these pests.
Although lawn grubs lay eggs randomly, they have certain preferences. As a rule, they tend to lay eggs on sunny, moist lawns, so if the weather is dry and you have well irrigated your lawn, your chances of attracting lawn grubs are very high. Adult grubs lay eggs in the soil during the summer. Once the grubs hatch, they feed on plant roots and descend deep into the soil once it becomes colder, to spend the winter there.How to Get Rid of Grubs Guaranteed (4 Easy Steps)
In the spring, grub worms return to the surface and keep feeding on the roots until they become ripe. The biggest damage is caused from mid-September to November or from March till the beginning of May. Once you face this problem, decide which treatment approach is suitable for you: a curative or preventive one. In both cases, the chemicals make plants toxic for pests.
The former is appropriate for getting rid of existing grubs while the latter one is aimed at removing them in prospect. If the upper soil layer seems to be uninfected, there is no need to use an insecticide, even if there are several grub worms. A curative approach is suitable for solving the problem quickly, i.
It is suitable for the summer when the larvae are small and actively feed near the soil surface. This approach implies using Sevin and Dylox that contain carbaryl, clothianidin and trichlorfon. The latter chemical has certain restrictions as trichlorfon is banned for use on school territories of certain states, mainly because this substance is extremely soluble in water. It is toxic for humans and causes such symptoms as headache, excessive sweating, muscle weakness as well as nausea, tears and other symptoms for animals.
The substance is dangerous if swallowed, inhaled or, it can be dangerous if it touches your skin. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment experts, carbaryl is less effective than trichlorfon. Another scientist, Dr. Carbaryl tends to be very inconsistent, and we sometimes see more grubs in the treated plots than the untreated plots.
We are guessing it is because carbaryl is highly toxic to several beneficial insects.Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! For some, a lush green lawn is a crowning achievement.
When to Use Lime & Grub Kill After Grass Seeds Are Planted?
If you have a grub problem, these pesky insects can ruin a beautiful lawn by laying eggs and feeding on the roots of the grass, resulting in bare spots that will leave your lawn less than attractive. There are a few ways to rid your lawn of these pests, the most common being a lime application. Determine the extent of the infestation. Most grass can handle 10 grubs per square foot. With a flat spade, cut back a 6-inch by 6-inch sample of your lawn.
Count the grubs in the top 3 inches of soil. Continue this procedure around your lawn approximately a dozen times to determine your problem spots. You should apply lime to areas containing more than three grubs. Check the ph level of your lawn before applying lime. Ideal ph should be 6. Spoon a small amount of soil from various areas around the yard. Put the soil samples in separate marked sandwich bags i.
Test the soil samples with a ph test kit can be found at your local gardening or home improvement store. Note that lime will make the ph of the grass more alkaline.
Using too much could affect the growth of your grass. Purchase pelletized lime from your local home improvement store. Pelletized lime is finely ground agricultural lime mixed with a cementing agent to make pellets. It is more expensive than ground lime, but when applied, does not create dust. The lime pellets will dissolve during the first rain. Apply the lime in early fall. Dump the pelletized lime into a drop spreader or spinner spreader. Evenly distribute pellets over your problem areas.
In the spring, the grubs have already done most of their feeding. At this point, adding more seed is a better alternative to cover bare spots.
Grubs most often return to the same area, so in the fall, test the spots previously tested. Check the effectiveness of the lime by testing for grubs on an annual basis. The Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program suggests planting shade trees to deter grubs from coming back as well.
How to Kill Grubs in Your Lawn
Share this article.If patches of brown have got you down, your burnt-out lawn may be suffering from a grub infestation or highly acidic soil. Spreading lime can fix the acid, and grub control can get rid of those pesky bugs.
While it may seem to save time and energy by spreading both at the same time, applying too many chemicals to an already stressed lawn can damage it further. Turf grass reacts to adverse conditions like any plant and can become patchy and browned in some regions. Two of the common causes of this are grubs and acidic soil, both of which can be rectified.
It's possible, although the grass appears dead above the ground, that root systems are completely healthy and just in need of help to re-sprout equally healthy grass. With proper treatment, a lawn can recover well. With improper and excessive treatments back to back, it could die completely. Lime increases the alkalinity of soil, raising the pH level and restoring it to a comfortable level for grass. Pelletized lime is a bit more expensive than powdered versions, but it's much easier to spread and tends to be more effective in the long term.
Pellets remain in the grass and are melted away at each watering or after a rain, disintegrating into the soil and providing a good solid treatment level for an extended amount of time. According to the West Virginia University Extension Service, lime is best applied in the fall, but can also be applied in winter or early spring. The exact amount to apply depends on the extent of acidity in the individual soil sample.
Too much lime raises the pH so high that it can create burnout without additional chemicals. Grubs are the little white larvae of many types of beetles, including Japanese beetles and June bugs. Imidacloprid and halofenozide can be applied in June and July before beetles lay their eggs.
The insecticides continue to be a source of deadly food for new grubs from July through August. Grubs often turn to adults before an infestation is established. Treating adults will prevent grub damage the following year. Safe pesticides like pyrethrum and neem can kill adults beetles in moderate amounts, while stronger options with harsher side effects include carbaryl, acephate and permethrin.
Perhaps the least harsh treatment for grubs is to use a nonchemical alternative. With a biologically based treatment, you can lime your lawn and treat grubs without burning the grass.
Milky spore disease can be found at many home and garden centers. Dust it onto your lawn in areas where grubs are known to have taken hold. The grubs and beetles eat the spores, which multiply within them and cause death. Once the pest has died, the spores spread into the soil and wait for a new host. The more grubs in your lawn, the faster the spores spread.
Traditional chemical treatments can't be applied while spores are present. Josie Myers has been a freelance writer and tutor since A mother of three, she was a pre-kindergarten teacher for seven years, is a Pennsylvania-certified tree tender and served as director of parks in her local municipality.
Skip to main content. Home Guides Garden Soil Care. Grass Burnout Turf grass reacts to adverse conditions like any plant and can become patchy and browned in some regions. Lime Lime increases the alkalinity of soil, raising the pH level and restoring it to a comfortable level for grass.
Grub Treatments Grubs are the little white larvae of many types of beetles, including Japanese beetles and June bugs. Alternative Treatments Perhaps the least harsh treatment for grubs is to use a nonchemical alternative.
About the Author Josie Myers has been a freelance writer and tutor since Customer Service Newsroom Contacts.