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Old 02-20-2014, 12:19 PM
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Core Aeration and a lawns resistance to [harmful] insect infestations...?

Okay....the Big (3) benefits for aeration are:
  1. Reduction of soil compaction
  2. Thatch Break down [yes a higher plug count helps here]
  3. Getting nutrients to the root zone [water, fert and air]

So my question is for the long time experts here is ....HOW OFTEN do you see insect infestations with a lawn that is properly aerated on regular basis, mowed regualily a higher mowing height 3”+ with a SHARP blade and properly irrigated [heavy and infrequent watering] ?
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:17 PM
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:10 PM
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Okay - I'll bite. Seems to me grubworms in particular prefer irrigated properties where lights are left on at night. If I were a male bug (or a young person), I'd look for a popular hangout.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:14 PM
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Okay - I'll bite. Seems to me grubworms in particular prefer irrigated properties where lights are left on at night. If I were a male bug (or a young person), I'd look for a popular hangout.
Larry, you're right about grubs preferring irrigated turf. It is much easier for them to lay eggs & the eggs have a much better survival rate. Do beetles fly at night?
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:49 AM
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All pests. Insect, weeds & fungus are opportunists. Just take away there opportunity and your chances of getting either one are greatly reduced. Don't send out invitations or create their proper habitat. Most predators of any organism seek out the weak. Animal predators even tend to seek out the weakest first. Its natures way. It's all about opportunity!

I like to use what I call the opportunity triangle. For a triangle to exist it needs 3 angles. Angle 1 ( the host) . Angle 2 ( the environment). Angle 3 ( the pest).

Choosing the angle you have the most control over and ridding it will collapse the triangle.
When confronted with an existing triangle, which angle do you have the most control over.
1,2 or 3. It shouldn't be two hard to figure out. Just change the angle and change the opportunity.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:50 AM
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Larry, I agree--night flood lights--like at a car dealership, attract more beetles that then lay eggs which hatch into grubs.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:39 AM
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Weak and damaged turf is more susceptible to everything except being healthy. Aeration is part of a balanced turf maintenance program. So is pesticide.
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