Lawn Pest Control

By: Eco Gro Lawn Care  09-12-2011
Keywords: Insect Damage

Insect Management
A healthy, well-maintained lawn is the best defence against insect invasion. Insect damage is usually less severe on well-watered lawns. Insects that infest home lawns are generally difficult to notice and their presence goes undetected until significant damage has been done. Insect damage can often be mistaken for drought damage. If the lawn remains brown or shows signs of thinning out despite watering, try closer examination for insects. Regular inspection of the lawn including leaves, stems, roots, thatch and soil will help to determine if the problem is insect-related.

What 'sucks' in your lawn?(Chinch bugs)

Did you know that certain varieties of turf grass such as Fiesta III  Perennial Ryegrass contain a fungus called an 'endophyte' which gives the plant a natural resistance to sucking insects such as chinch bug? By this blend of grass seed into your lawn you can effectively eliminate some of the damage that these annoying insects cause.

One of the best way to reduce the effects of chinch bug feeding is proper irrigation and fertility. Over fertilized lawns with quick release nitrogen promote excessive top growth. This attracts chinch bugs, as they love to feed on the fresh green growth. Using a balanced fertility program with slow release fertilizers reduces surge top growth thereby minimizing the attraction. Secondly, lawns that are irrigated properly suffer less damage as the grass is able to recover much faster from chinch bug feeding. Chinch bug damage is most severe during extended period of drought. Damage from their feeding is most apparent in July and August.

Commons signs of having a pest problem

In most cases the damage resembles rought symptoms. Large areas of your lawn may appear wilted with a yellowish brown color, however it will not respond to watering. If your lawn pulls up easily in these areas, this is most likely a sign that insects have been feeding on it. If your lawn also display signs of being torn up, this is usually a grub problem and the result of nocturnal animals such as skunks and raccoons feeding on the grubs.

Grub Control with Beneficial Nematodes

White Grubs are the larve of 3 differenet varities of beetle found in this aera.  The most common are the European Chafer beetle and Japanese beetle. Eco-Gro Lawncare utilizes cutting edge Beneficial Nematodes to naturally manage populations of White Grubs in your Soil. Knowing when and how to apply Nematodes is the key to success.

Nematodes are only successful at managing grubs when the grub larvae are in the 3rd instar stage( very young). In the Essex County Area this means that applications are best suited during late August through September  University studies in our local climate show very little control when applied in the Spring, So you might be wasting your money buying services or products from a retailer that make other claims. Additionally, nematodes require proper storage and the application conditions are critical in order to have any success. Nematodes are living organism that  are EXTREMELY light and temperature sensitive. They require refrigerated storage and will usually die after 30 days unless a food source is available(white grubs). So you might be wasting your money again if you by old retail stock that has not moved off the refrigerated shelf (provided it's refridgerated) in months. We always order direct from the labratory supplier, during the correct period to ensure a living supply is always obtianed.

Our research has found that a strain called Heterohabditis Bacteriophora (Beneficial Nematode) to be the most effective variety and the ideal predator of the European Chafer Beetle larvae(grub).

Who Should Get This Service?

  • Lawns that have insect damage characterized by animals digging and turf areas that lift up easily (like carpet) from roots being fed upon.
  • General browning of the lawn or small pockets of dead grass indicates white grub damage.
  • Lawns that have a history of white grubs or other turf damaging larval insect populations.

If you think you have grubs or other insect problems our office to arrange your assesment.

Treament Prices begin at $65.95

A Summary of the major turf insect pests in the Windsor-Essex county area


The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Insect Damage

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Organic Top Dressing

Organic matter in soil allows air water and nutrients to enter the root zone of the plants we are growing and holds it there for later consumption by the plant. Organic fertilizers and dressing replenish this organic matter as it breaks down and feeds your plants at the same time. We offer several products that we can spread on your lawn to add organic matter. Rich in humus with the ability to hold 9 times their weight in moisture.


Fertilizer Programs & Overview

We choose to use only professional premium fertilizer products in granular form that incorporate innovative design with agronomics to produce a proprietary coating process. All seasonal programs are designed and developed to create a healthy lawn and safe environment by focusing on proper nutrients, proper care and promoting plant health.


Over seeding & Slit Seeding

Slit over seeding is also a great way to introduce new cultivars of rye and fescue grass with endophytes properties to combat the damage caused by leaf-feeding insects. Over seeding is a method of thickening a lawn that has become thin or damaged by insects, diseases, weeds, drought, excessive traffic or other types of damage.


Aeration / Lawn Core Aerating

Lawn aeration allows more oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots, helps old grasses decompose faster, improves root structure and increases your lawns resistance to drought. Aerating is the process of removing small plugs of soil and thatch from your lawn to encourage new root growth. The decomposition process can be speed up by mowing your lawn more frequently once the cores have dried out.


Weed Control

The government agency that regulates herbicides is very clear that any product that is used to kill weeds needs to be registered under the Pest Control Products Act. A dense stand of turf can compete successfully with weed seedlings for light and nutrients thereby minimizing weeds within your lawn. Pre- emergent grassy weed control – applied before weed seeds germinate applied in the spring or late summer as needed.