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Japanese Beetle Traps

Japanese Beetle Traps
July 10th, 2010

When should Japanese Beetles traps be put-up?

In general trap should be place up from July to mid-September. However, monitoring Japanese beetleā€™s preferred plant hosts can be more accurate in predicting beetle activity. Adults emerge around the time that Hydrangea arborescens 'Grandiflora'; Cirsium arvense, Canada thistle; Cichorium intybus, chicory; Daucus carota, Queen Anne's lace; Aesculus parviflora, bottlebrush buckeye; Sambcus canadensis, elderberry or Yucca filamentosa, Adam's needle yucca are blooming. It has been observed that after emergence, adults will feed on shorter plants first, for example weeds, and then move to taller plants later in the season (Orton, D.A. Coincide, Plantsmen's Publication, 1989).


Healthy Lawn and Grub Free

Healthy Lawn and Grub Free
July 19th, 2010

Is there anything that should be done now to keep my lawn healthy and grub free?

Because adult beetles prefer to lay their eggs in short grass, cut your grass tall--a minimum of 3 to 4 inches high. This will prompt them to lay eggs elsewhere, effectively reducing the number of grubs and home-grown beetles you will have next year. Mowing tall benefits most turf grasses by boosting their ability to grow strong root systems which makes your lawn more drought tolerant and shades the soil.


Invading Animals

Invading Animals
July 28th, 2010

Help my yard is being invaded by animals and they are tearing up my lawn. What is going on?

Sounds like you have lawn grubs. Often, skunks and other small mammals will pull back the turf in search of a meal of grubs. To get rid of their meal, treat your yard with Lawn Guardian, beneficial nematodes to rid your lawn of grubs in the soil. The animal damage is usually more extensive than that caused by the grubs, but can be repaired by replacing the sod, tamping or rolling the surface and watering the area




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