Ground Pearls

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Elden, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The problem seems to be growing here. We've had drought conditions the last 2 yrs, so this may have something to do with it. Either stressed turf that is an easier target for the pest or maybe just easier to see and identify populations and the damage they create. I'm not sure but I have added several more cases to my "treat and observe" list in my customer base.
     
  2. holmesgts

    holmesgts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    Hey thanks for the reply... The best thing you can do for now is to increase the watering and fertilization to affected areas.
    if you are going to treat, do it in late spring to early summer when the females ares emerging from the cysts. I will find out when the eggs usually hatch and get back to you on that because that would also be a good time to treat. also make sure to water deep before treating. Keep in mind the most success with chemicals has only been a 50% kill and that was probably with some serious insecticide not labeled for residential use. Most importantly is not to transfer infested soil to places that aren't infested. I believe stick edgers and core aerators are some of the biggest culprits of this.
     

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