How & When To Treat Grub Worms In the Lawn

in today's long Kidd episode we're

talking grub worms and how you can

prevent them throughout the feeding

season by the way it's just beautiful to

sit around on a Friday night

just shoot video on your lawn really is

for working Oh Kentucky blue I love you


what's up guys I'm taking the long Kid

thanks for coming back for yet another

week today's video mainly centers around

these guys right here so what we got

here is we got some grub control going

down today right we got old-fashioned

seven now and at the same time we're

applying the orgonite at 10 pounds per



before we dive right into the action of

applying the fertilizer there's a few

common questions I want to go ahead and

answer first one being when do you want

to apply grub preventer it's very often

that there's a lot of these

misconceptions that you want to apply

grub worm preventative in May and that's

mainly when the grubs are going to start

doing most of their feeding typically

you guys would be expecting to see

damage there but because we're in the

springtime we're getting a lot of excess

sunlight and a lot of excess rain and

because of that your lawn is growing so

vigorous in the spring that it pretty

much out grows any damage that those

guys would leave behind and you guys

know me I practice IPM integrated pest

management I addressed it in that two

video by the way if you want to check

that out I'll leave it in the

description below

basically with integrated pest

management means is that I don't use any

chemical means to treat a pest unless it

affects the overall use and appearance

of my crop which in this case is turf

grass so if I don't see any damage I

just let them go and that's what I

recommend all you guys do let me tell

you why when it comes to using an

insecticide a typical granular bag will

tell you its maximum control duration

for example bag of Scott's grub X says

it will provide 4 months of coverage

until it is no longer affected same

thing on this Bayer advance product but

it will only provide 3 months of

coverage if we're only getting a minimal

coverage of only 3 months then we need

to apply at the right time in order to

ensure we have proper coverage when the

grubs are causing most of their damage

which is typically the June July August

timeframe you see because as we come

into summer you guys happen to know this

any of you guys who live in an area like

I do like Northwest Indiana you guys

happen to know that our summers are

almost bone dry or close to it and

because of that the lawns are going to

be going through summer dormancy and

basically what that means that they're

not going to have a defense mechanism

against diseases such as grubs and you

guys happen to know that the way the

lifecycle work is that the grubs emerges

June bugs in June and they drop their

eggs in the lawn which is basically

their larva and their larva is going to

start feeding on the lawn roots and

because your lawn is in dormancy it's

not going to have a defense mechanism

against that and because of that going

to start noticing

damaged as we move on to the late fall

typically the problem you're going to

have in late fall is it's mainly going

to be brown spots in your lawn at that

point it's too late to apply any grub

preventer and at that point you're just

going to have to do reseeding next

spring now hold on just a second there

Sullivan what about those who have

missed their grub preventatives for

those of you just get whatever's at the

store that will kill within 24 hours

also called a curative product it won't

repair the existing damage but it will

prevent further more damage from

occurring now this brings me to another

question I know I'm going to get Jake

what is the best grub preventer to buy

for your lawn really just get whatever

you can find at the store I know Scott's

has a few I know Bayer advanced as a few

I know spec decide has one ortho all of

them just get whatever's cheap and get

whatever is labeled to kill grub worms

and you should be fine just keep in mind

that the grub control you are looking

for will be season-long control because

I do know that there are some deceiving

labels out there for example you see the

specter side product you see how in one

side of the bag it says kills on contact

and on the other side of the bag it says

season-long control but look at the

small print on their season-long control

only works against in it will kill on

contact it'll kill grub chinch bugs sod

web worm all those concerns we have

during the summer you'll be all right

but season-long control it's not going

to work for that it only works on ants

according to the label so that's the

only piece of criteria I have for those

of you guys who are selecting grub

control make sure it's season-long so it

will protect you for the rest of the

season you don't have to reapply


real quick I want to address what I

chose and why so I went ahead and I just

chose old-fashioned 7 mainly because

it's readily available and it's

affordable the active ingredient is car

file which is a low toxicity insecticide

which is again going to get our job done

on eliminating the growth work but at

the same time not being high enough

toxicity rates that it will be toxic to

the public which in this case is their

family and pets that want to play on the

lawn last thing we're going to talk

about is how to actually apply the

growth preventer first thing you need to

figure out is how much our back covers

again a good reason to measure your lawn

and see what you're up against before

taking further action so we know from

previous videos that my lawn is just

under five thousand square feet in this

bag of seven covers just under 4,300

square feet now because I have a little

more lawn area than this backing cover

then I'll need to reduce the rate by at

least less than a quarter to ensure even

coverage across the entire lawn this is

where spreader settings come into play

this is my Scotts Turf Builder spreader

here and this is what we're going to use

to demonstrate and this is actually what

I used to apply the product so what you

got to do whenever you're applying a

grub preventer are really any product

including fertilizer is you got to kind

of visualize the entire area that you

have to do and as you walk across your

area you just got to kind of visualize

how fast the practice falling out as you

walk across your area because then

you've got to remind yourself okay I

have about 5,000 square feet to deal

with out here and I only have a bag that

covers less than that so I have to

figure out how I can make it work

so what you've got to do is you just got

to kind of finagle with your spreader

settings a little bit I recommend you

start at the lowest setting see how much

comes out and if you feel maybe that's

not fast enough bump it up a little bit

and if that's not working for you maybe

bump it up a little bit more if it's

coming out too fast just adjust it a

little bit more you see it's all about

just visualizing the entire you have to

do and just making sure that you get

that area covered evenly that's a great

way to start right there but I'm not

telling you that you should do this with

one bag if you have anything bigger than

5,000 square feet or anything way out of

the chart

of what your bag covers you might want

to consider getting a second bag because

it's always better to get down the full

rate if you can but in my case I wasn't

able to but I was able to get close to

it just by doing a little bit

calibration with my shredder here


alright just one last thing for those of

you who are using a product like 7 which

has a three month residual even though

you'll have coverage you're not going to

have as good a coverage on the third

month as you do in the first two months

what I recommend is apply in June as I

addressed in the video and apply again

in late August to maintain the proper

coverage as we approach the end of the

feeding season which is usually in

September so after application I was

sure to water within a few days again

you want to do that you don't want these

granules to sit here and degrade you

want to water them at least 3 to 4 days

after application at the latest and if

you do that you should be just fine and

all set throughout the grub feeding

season and you don't have any problem

story about throughout the fall with

that I'm Jake the lawn kid thank you for

watching I'll see you guys next time

one thing I forgot to mention here in

the Edit is why am i applying for

tonight at a lower rate than normal well

the reason is when I was applying that

day the law was under a little bit of

stress mainly from lack of rain and a

lot of heat in the typical summers here

in Indiana they're not so rainy we're

starting to get lucky now we're getting

some rain to the yard stay green that

told me that I can go ahead and just

throw it out on my next application but

at that point I wanted to relieve some

of the stress on the lawn a little bit I

didn't want to push it too hard so

anytime you use your fertilizer you have

control of your n rates and you can back

them down a little bit that's a great