Grubs are a major issue for homeowners in July. These little larvae are pros when it comes to destroying lawns. If you want to keep your grass intact this summer, it's time to consider beneficial nematodes in your Nutri-Lawn Burlington lawn care services. Nematodes are easy enough to include in your Burlington lawn care, but it's critical that they're applied properly. Read on for tips from Nutri-Lawn Burlington for grappling with grubs this summer.
What are nematodes?
Beneficial nematodes are parasitic predators to grubs and beetle larvae, a fact that makes them so effective for your Burlington lawn care. These miniscule creatures seek out grubs and enter their bodies through any opening they can find. Once inside the host grub, nematodes discharge bacteria to infect the grubs. While this occurs, the nematodes multiply. When the grub is dead, the body is used to feed the new nematodes, which then go on the hunt to find more grubs to munch on.
What do they munch on?
Every living thing has its dietary preferences, and beneficial nematodes are no different. Nematodes only eat certain beetles and chafers. These include the following:
- Japanese beetles
- Asiatic beetles
- European chafers
- Common chafers
- Black vine weevils
- Strawberry root weevil
- May beetles
- June beetles
Nematodes are entirely harmless to humans and animals. They are natural organisms, which allow you to completely eliminate chemicals from your Nutri-Lawn Burlington lawn care services.
Nematodes and your Burlington lawn care
Nematodes aren't difficult to include in your Burlington lawn care if you know how to apply them properly. The most essential tip to remember is to keep your lawn moist while you undergo the process. Your Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinklers are going to get a lot more work once nematodes are involved.
Just before you apply your nematodes, run your Nutri-Lawn Burlington sprinklers to moisten the lawn. You'll want to irrigate again just after the application to make sure the lawn is damp enough. The soil needs to remain moist so that it is soft enough for the nematodes to burrow through while hunting. You'll need to continue running your Nutri-Lawn Burlington sprinklers regularly for up to 10 days following application to maintain moisture levels in the yard.
When it comes time to actually apply the nematodes, keep up with the pattern of watering the lawn. Combine the package of nematodes with the appropriate amount of water. The amount of water required should be listed on the back of the package. Add this solution to a sprayer and begin to evenly apply the nematodes to your grass.
It is important to ensure that you are truly applying an even layer. Shake up the sprayer every once in a while, and move around the yard to spray on every corner.
The "don'ts" of nematode application
There are a couple of important things to remember when applying nematodes. The first is that in order to get an even spread, you'll want to avoid a windy day. The wind can effortlessly carry the microscopic nematodes to particular points of your yard, or even as far as your neighbours' yards.
You'll also want to avoid any day that is above or below the temperature range of 14 to 30 degrees Celsius. Nematodes are delicate, and need moist environments to survive.
Begin the most effective grub control today with Nutri-Lawn Burlington lawn care services. Receive your complimentary quote from Nutri-Lawn Burlington today.