Lawn Pests & Disease
Does your lawn have a grub problem?
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When Cornell states that skunks are “grubbing” at this time, they don’t mean what you think; substitute the word feeding or foraging - and apply the same for raccoons and blackbirds.
When our early “warm” spring rains start, this grubbing will start almost “over night!” The rains bring up an invasive critter we call an earthworm (baby earthworms that my Dad use to call “trout worms” - he lived to fish!) - that’s the main food source of “grubbing” that’s occurring. Spring is a poor time for results using retail products that should have been used last fall - save your money. Note: Grub Control products, when directions are followed - will NOT kill earthworms. Also, it is a violation of state guidelines to apply grub control - or any control product - unless there is a clear damaging population present, or the area has a history of such damage.
This summer, you can reduce potential grub and plant damage by not buying/using beetle traps - they bring in beetles that would never have been on your property. Don’t place them near anything you’re trying to protect - don’t use them, period. Never apply grub control products as a preventative - they’re seldom needed in our area - our last wide spread damage from grubs within Onondaga County was at least 30 years ago! Take grub counts in August and again in Sept. If the grub count in Sept. is greater than 8-10 per sq. ft. - you only need to apply in those areas and you must water those areas following label directions to bring the grubs to the surface where they make contact/ingest the control used, or you’ve wasted your time, money and product. If you don’t know how to take your grub count - it’s easy - just give me a call or contact me.
In early spring, as soon as the grass loses the protection of the snow layer, and the cold wind/air hits the green grass - it starts to form brown/tan patches. This can happen in less than 24 hours! For the most part this is not snow mold. What you’re seeing is no different than the grass turning brown in patches from mid May to mid June - it’s just protecting itself from extreme weather conditions by going dormant.
Pink snow mold will show an orange/reddish appearance on the outside edges of the patches in open areas.
Grey Snow Mold will usually occur under the areas where the snow melted off last. Areas with grey snow mold will be the last to green-up and will need watering if weather conditions don’t produce rainfall within a week or two from melt off. Grey snow mold seldom kills grass - pink snow mold can kill - especially young seedlings.
Never rake dormant grass - ever! You’re ripping out good grass - just leave it alone. Even the yellow/white matted down grass patches will start to regrow around the 21st of April, and after 2 or 3 mowings will be up and running.
If you can’t stand looking at the condition, use either a leaf blower, or a push broom to remove cinders/gravel from your plowing that were pushed up on the lawn, or to fluff up the matted down grass. Seeding at this time of year usually results in poor long term results.
MOLES make tunnels. Tunnels are UNDER THE SOIL SURFACE.
VOLES make runways THAT ARE ABOVE THE SOIL LINE. Both are easy and inexpensive to solve.
Voles are field mice that are looking for the warmth of your home over winter and move out away from your home into your lawn under the protection of snow cover. By the time you see their runways, the snow is gone and they’re back in your foundation planting, retaining walls etc. Control is very simple ( Do it yourself and easy) and quite inexpensive - call me for details.
Moles can be found in low water retaining areas - areas with large amounts of mulch and areas you stack firewood in. Their mounds and slight “ridges” are easy to spot. Their control is a one time expense - and that’s it. Call or contact for where to get what you need and guidance on their control.
Lawn-A-Mat addresses the following lawn problems. If you see something familiar or something you wish controlled in the photos below - call Gerry, Syracuse's Grass Guru, to help identify, treat or help you correct your problem lawn. How many of these turf problems can you identify in your lawn?
Turf pests and damage - surface and sub-surface
Common turf diseases in our area
Turf pests of the 2 and 4 legged kind!
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