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May 15, 2018 0 Comments

When It Comes to Grub Control, Timing is Everything

As the warm weather returns, your grass isn’t the only thing coming out of hibernation. All manner of lawn pests that hunkered down for the winter will be returning just in time for spring. So how do you stop these common critters from decimating your yard? Jay-Lan Lawn Care has answers — and solutions — for Siouxland homeowners.

What Are Grubs?

Grubs look like worms, but they’re not. They’re actually insect larvae that tunneled into the soil back in the fall, hibernated through the winter, and will mature into various species of beetles. If you’re seeing them in the spring, they’re actually at the midpoint of their year-long lifecycle when they’re hardest to kill; that’s because insecticides need to be ingested, and this isn’t the time of year that they feed.

Spotting Grubs

Grubs feed on roots, which can make them difficult to spot. That said, they do leave some telltale signs behind. One is patches of dead grass. Because they’re underground, diligently munching away at the grass roots, you’ll find areas where it looks like the sun has scorched your lawn. That’s often where you’ll find a mass of fat and happy grubs.

Dealing with Grubs

So if your grass has turned into the wrong kind of grub hub, you should be able to apply some insecticide and get it over with, right?

Not so fast.

As we mentioned above, insecticides need to be ingested. Therefore, to be effective, they need to be ingested while grubs are feeding. This actually takes place between July and September. Putting insecticide down at the wrong time can cause unintended problems. You’ll end up killing off beneficial insects like ladybugs, whose diet is the aphids that eat your perennials, and the bees who pollinate your flower beds.

Worst of all, you’ll be spending time and money on something that won’t even solve your problem. You’ll kill off a handful of grubs, but most will survive and mature into beetles.

Siouxland Pest Control

So the right time to deal with this year’s grubs was last year (sorry). That doesn’t mean that all hope is lost, however. Because beetles mate and create the next crop of grubs in midsummer, you’ve got time to plan ahead and prevent next year’s bumper crop of pests. We time our lawn care services, applying pesticide in late summer when grubs have hatched and are feeding aggressively.  

Professional Pest Control from Jay-Lan Lawn Care

Of course, grubs (and the adult beetles they grow into) are only one of the many types of insects that can plague your lawn and keep it from looking beautiful. And as we’ve already seen, it’s not just your grass that suffers. Other plants — and even your pets and kids — can be endangered by these pests. Some of them can even make their way indoors and wreak even more havoc.

While the timing is sometimes complex, the solution is simple. Call Jay-Lan Lawn Care. We have the knowledge and tools — and the experience to maximize both — to ensure that your lawn always looks great. Contact us today to see how we can help.

April 30, 2018 0 Comments

Choosing the Right Lawn Care Service Provider

People look for Sioux City lawn care for many different reasons. Some have the reverse Midas touch with anything green and really need the help. Others are confused by the steps and timing needed, or find that they have the knowledge but other things they’d rather do with their precious time. So if you’re looking for a leg (or a green thumb) up, how do you pick the right lawn care service provider? You start with Jay-Lan Lawn Care.

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April 15, 2018 0 Comments

Common Items You Should Include in Your Lawn Care Services

When the weather gets warmer, the melting snow recedes to remind us that there’s actually greenery around our homes. Of course, early in the spring, your yard may not look as green as you’d like, which might have you thinking of lawn care services to revive your tired lawn. Jay-Lan Lawn Care knows that there’s more to lawn care than a simple mow and a handful of fertilizer. Here are some key services we recommend for a lawn that thrives.

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