Turf Talk – With Mic from Bay Turf Gladstone

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly article on lawn care. Being in Central Queensland we face a unique sub-tropical climate with hot, moist summers and warm dry winters.

I hope that in reading this article each month we can help you keep your lawn in peak condition all year round.

At Bay Turf Gladstone we spend a lot of time analysing lawns throughout our area and assisting with a variety of difficulties people face; so today I want to spend some time discussing one of the major issues currently facing our region. The dreaded lawn grub!

Typically, you will see lawn grub activity during the warmer months from October through to March. Contrary to common belief the term “Lawn Grub” doesn’t just mean one variety of pest. Here in the Gladstone region there are two common pests we find regularly, and they are Curl Grubs and Black Beetle.

The Curl Grub is scarab beetle larvae and is often, incorrectly, known as ‘lawn grub’ or ‘witchety grub’. A serious pest to your lawn, the signs of infestation are easily confused with other pests and diseases. Curl grubs eat away at the root system of the turf causing yellow to brown patches in your lawn.

The most effective treatment for a curl grub infestation is the use of pesticides in either liquid or granular form. Treat your lawn in the late afternoon when birds and bees are less active. Use extreme caution as these chemicals can also be lethal for animals and children.

It is important when treating an infestation that you break the lifecycle so two follow-up treatments are recommended on day 7 and 11 after the initial treatment to break the cycle.

Should you have any questions regarding the care of your lawn we would love to hear about it so please contact us via phone, Facebook or simply visit the Shoffice.