At this time of year you can hear the Beetles singing; We all live in a Yellow Lawn, a Yellow lawn, a Yellow lawn. Not the Beatles of the Liverpool fame but the Beetles that are living in their insect Paradise that you know as lawn.
The roots and leaves of your once lush lawn are being munched upon by a variety of insects such as black beetle larvae, Armyworm, Stem Weevil, Webworm to name a few. In essence they are all Lawn Grubs and they think your lawn is the best restaurant in Town.
To effectively eradicate these pesky critters it is important to know when they are likely to come knocking and what are the signs to look out for. Look out for wilting patches of turf, holes with small soil piles next to them, lawn that pulls away easily and dead patches that appear suddenly. Other indicators can be a silk type web under the eaves of your house or a reddish/brown wasp hovering over your lawn that is the predator for these pesky creatures. A sure fire way to tell is to wet a hessian sack or old towel and lay it on what you think is the affected area over night. The grubs will come to the surface during the night, making them easy to identify.
Each pest has a slightly different reproduction phase and will invade your lawn at various times throughout the year. Black Beetle should be targeted from October in most areas and again in January to break their life cycle. Armyworm is a notorious serial pest of Queensland lawns and is around now. You should keep an eye out for this devastating crawler of the night.
There are several remedies and their effectiveness relies on the timing of application. Granular formulations are easy to apply as are the spray on products but make sure you have the right product for the pest you are targeting. Contact the CT Lawns helpline if you are unsure of what to do on freecall 1800 NULAWN and help them “sail on to the Sun” and return your “Sea of Green”.