Grub Damage to Lawn
Lawn severely damaged by grubs and drought.

Damaged areas of lawns can be repaired by over-seeding the affected area. Spring and late Summer are the best times to administer over-seeding, as the conditions are ideal for the germination, and growth, of grass seed.

Grubs, chinch bugs, and drought are the main causes of lawn damage in our area.

Lawns can be devastated by grubs. These pesky larvae of June Bugs and other beetles, feed on grass roots, causing the sod to die. Skunks, raccoons, and birds will turn up the already dead sod to eat the grubs. Nematodes, parasitic micro-organisms, can be used to treat grub problems. For more information on grubs click here.

Drought can also cause severe damage to lawns. Extended periods without rainfall or manual watering, can cause the root system of lawns to die off. However, in the main, it is the stress conditions caused by drought which weakens the sod, making it further susceptible to infestations of grubs.

Lawns can also suffer damage from moles, which dig large holes, and tunnels, through the sod. In the winter mice will tunnel under the snow, leaving channels in the sod. The damage from these is normally minor, and can be repaired by raking the area, and sprinkling some grass seed over it by hand.