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Old 10-02-2013, 06:19 PM
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Grass seed help

working up here in mass. customer has a very bad grub problem. she wants all the grass pulled up and new seed put down. can i do that this late in the fall? and how should i get rid of the grubs? fertilizer?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:11 PM
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So many issues to deal with here. Grubs - you'll have a LITTLE luck with a treatment now, but I would definitely follow it up with an app in the spring if there is a lot of grub pressure. She wants the grass "pulled up"?? It's getting close to "crunch" time for overseeding....you might almost consider waiting a month and do a dormant seeding.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:42 PM
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i told her it made more sense to wait the winter let the grubs die from the winter and completely rip out the section effected and re seed it come april and put down grub fert then. would that make for sense?
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:45 PM
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The grubs won't die, unfortunately. The will go deeper and winter over. Depending on how long it stays warm and what type of grass you are planting, you may have a little luck getting some to sprout this fall, but odds are better in the spring. I would scalp mow it the last time of the season, aerate, seed, see how well it comes up in the spring and may have to add more in the spring. If the area is REALLY bad, it might be better to just till it all up and reseed.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:22 PM
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The grubs won't die, unfortunately. The will go deeper and winter over. ....

What he said. Once entrenched, they remain until proactive steps are taken to eradicate. Yes, this year's grubs won't Winter-over, but the eggs for next year's crop will. Get the information about the annual cycles.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:22 AM
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The eggs should have hatched by now, the grubs will be feeding now until it gets too cold, then the go down deep in the soil to winter over. In the spring they slowly return to the surface, eat a little more and then become beetles. At least for the Japanese Beetle (which are the worst in my area).
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:23 AM
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Dig up a few areas and see how many grubs you have in a square foot and how close to the surface they are. A grub app just before a heavy rain should help you out a lot next season.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:14 AM
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there was about 10-15 in a square foot didnt find anything deeper then 3-4 inches so your saying hit it with chemicals now? before winter?
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