All You Need to Know About Lawn Grubs in Memphis, TN or Northern MS

The thought of pests lurking about in your lawn might give you the creeps. But lawn grubs, in particular, are more than just creepy. They also have the potential to be quite destructive. These white, c-shaped pests cause damage by feeding on your lawn’s roots. 

But what exactly are these creatures and what can you do about them?

Since we get a lot of questions about lawn grubs, we decided to put together an article that would answer your questions and therefore help ensure that your lawn remains in good shape.

What are Lawn Grubs?

Whether you’ve seen lawn grubs, or what are commonly called white grubs, in your lawn or not, you might be wondering exactly what they are. Grubs are the larvae of beetles, the most well-known being the Japanese Beetle. Beetles lay their eggs in the summer, so grubs are born in the soil and generally begin feeding on the roots of your lawn around mid-August.

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A handful of grubs aren’t a problem so if you see a few, don’t panic. But in larger numbers, grubs can cause serious problems.

Lawn Grub Damage

As mentioned, lawn grubs feed on grass roots, which can cause sections of your turf to turn brown as it dies.

But the trouble with lawn grubs here in Memphis and Northern MS is not just the fact that the grubs can destroy your grass by eating its roots. Another huge problem is the fact that they attract moles—one of the most problematic rodents in our area. Moles are attracted to lawns that have grubs in order to eat them. In the process of finding their next meal, they’ll create tunnels that tear up your lawn.

Signs that you’re dealing with a grub problem include some of the following.

  • Holes or dug-up spots in your yard. Besides moles, birds and other rodents also enjoy grub meals.
  • Perhaps you don’t see a lot of holes, but you do suddenly see a lot of wildlife activity on your lawn. This could be an early sign of a problem.
  • You can pull back areas of your dead lawn like rolling up a carpet. This is because there are no roots holding the lawn in place.

Grub Control in Memphis, TN and Northern MS

Knowing the damage they’re capable of, you likely want to know how to go about killing grubs. Actually, the best way to deal with lawn grubs is to prevent them in the first place. This can be achieved with a preventative grub control product that will prevent grubs from hatching.

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The timing of a product like this is important. It must be applied before grubs hatch in order to be effective. We usually apply preventative products in the springtime.

But there are curative products, as well. If you already have a grub problem, we can also apply a grub control product that will kill them later on in the year. Typically, if a homeowner has had a grub problem in the past, it is our recommendation to add spring preventative control as well as a fall curative application to their lawn care program.

Choosing a Lawn Care Company in Memphis, TN or Northern MS that Looks Out for You

At Master Lawn, some homeowners add preventative grub control in order to prevent problems in the first place, while others are willing to wait and see if a problem arises. It’s important that you make the best decision for you and we can help guide you toward that.

Some factors to consider would be whether or not you’ve had a grub control problem in the past and what your expectations are for your lawn. If you’re someone who would be incredibly upset to see their lawn succumb to a lawn grub problem, then you might want to invest in preventing them.

That’s understandable as repairing lawn grub damage can be a big frustration. If it’s left bare spots on your lawn, it could mean several rounds of aeration and overseeding before you really start to see those spots fill in.

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Of course, your lawn care company should also always be looking for signs of trouble. Lawn grubs are one of many potential lawn problems that you could be dealing with. Besides lawn pests, there are also lawn diseases that can wreak havoc.

Ultimately, you’re looking to know that your lawn is in good hands no matter what problem might arise. That’s why it’s so important to work with a lawn care company in Memphis, TN or Olive Branch, MS that is going to understand exactly what’s going on with your lawn and how to deal with it. Whether it’s lawn grubs or something else, you want to get to the bottom of the problem quickly and will get your lawn back on track to good health. When investing in your lawn care, you deserve to be able to enjoy your lawn to the fullest and not have to spend a lot of time worrying about what’s wrong.

Ready to stop worrying about lawn grubs (or other problems) at your Tennessee or Northern Mississippi home? Talk to a lawn care expert, choose from 3 program options, ask about adding grub control, and become the master of your lawn.

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Joey Steele, Lawn & Plant Health Care Manager

Since 2004, Joey has been using his B.S. in Landscape Construction and his turf and ornamental certifications to transform properties in our area. He loves seeing the fruit of his team's hard work and enjoys the many relationships he's formed since joining our team in 2008. He's an Olive Branch, MS native and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, fishing and going to football games.

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