What is Law Grub?
Lawn grubs are surface dwelling larvae of moths and other species such as sod webworm, cutworm and armyworm. These caterpillar-like larvae feed on your grass during the night that causes the surface of your lawn to present as brown patches.
If Lawn grub is rife in the local area and needs to be treated so as to avoid the extent of the lawn being affected and damage. Treatment of this pest and care of the lawn falls under the Tenancy Agreement Special Terms – part 47 (d and e), where Care of the premises by the tenant includes, maintaining the lawns and gardens as well as keeping the premises free of pests and vermin see- (The REIQ, Special Terms within a General Tenancy Agreement, part of the special terms ( part 47 2d and e))
At Astute we want to ensure you are armed with the information to be successful in your fight against Lawn Grub, so have sourced the following information.
How do you detect Lawn Grub:
Increased bird activity on your lawn
One of the most easily spotted symptoms is an increase in bird activity on your lawn. These grubs make a great snack for the local birds and you’ll find them popping over to your place for lunch!
Small, greyish brown moths fly around looking out for the healthiest lawn to leave their eggs on, giving their larvae the best chance of survival. These moths can be seen flying around just above the grass normally around dusk. These moths lay their eggs en masse, and in 2–5 days these eggs become grub larvae. These caterpillars are the critters doing the damage as they spend between 18–24 days chewing through your beautiful lawn before becoming pupae and around 5–8 days later moths and so the cycle begins again!
Brown patches in your lawn
As your lawn recovers from the winter chill and spring see your lawn becoming greener, especially after your spring fertilising, keep an eye out for brown patches that stay brown. You can lift some of the grass in the patched and if lawn grubs are the culprit you’ll find that the grass will roll up like a carpet, as it has no roots.
A spongy lawn can also be a good indicator of grub activity, this happens as there might be a layer of dead grass that builds overtime.
How do you treat Lawn Grub:
So how do you fix it? If you suspect you have lawn grubs there are treatments available. There are plenty of pest controls available on the market. It’s good to keep in mind that it can take a while to break up the cycle so you want to look for something that is going to remain in the soil, see your local gardening center for recommendations.
Information – is courtesy of Lawn Solutions Australia
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