Chafer grubs are a common problem in many lawns. These larvae of the Chafer Beetle feed on plant roots, which can turn a lawn into a spotty mess over the span of just a few days. As well, lawns infested with chafer grubs will attract larger animals like badgers and birds, who can also do considerable damage to a lawn.
How Do Chafer Grubs Get Into Lawns?
Adult Chafer Beetles appear between May and July, and feed on shrubs and trees before laying eggs in the grass. The eggs hatch 2 weeks later, and the larvae begin to work their way downward into the soil profile, first feeding on root systems on grass roots until late September, when they move deeper into the soil to pass the winter. When warmer weather returns, the grubs move slowly up the soil profile until they are just below the surface of a lawn.
How Long Do Chafer Grubs Stay In A Lawn?
Chafer grubs can infest a lawn for up to three years, depending on the species. The UK has three species of chafer; The Garden Chafer, Welsh Chafer and Rose Chafer, with the latter being the most dominant.
Signs of Chafer Grub Infestation
The bigger the larvae grow, the more damage they cause to a lawn. Early signs of chafer grub infestation include gradual thinning, yellowing and weakening of the lawn, as well as turf that’s easily pulled up by hand. Irregular dead patches soon follow. In most cases, an infestation of chafer grubs can be identified by the ripped-up turf caused by the badgers, foxes and birds who feed on the larvae.
The damage to a lawn infested by chafer grubs will be most obvious between autumn and spring when they reach maturity.
Is Your Lawn Infested? Contact Us for a Free Assessment
If you think your lawn is infested with chafer grubs, it’s important to have your lawn assessed as soon as possible. Lawn3 offers a free, no-obligation lawn assessment. During this assessment, we will tell you what the problem is, how severe it may be and the appropriate action required.
To book your free assessment, simply call us on 01332 523856 or visit our contact page to get in touch with us via email.
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Yes! Our fertilisers are slow-release and last for up to three months. This is twice as long as off-the-shelf products. We also apply the right products on your lawn at the right time of year, meaning zero waste. Not only does it cost less, but it requires far less effort than DIY.
Lawn 3 specialises in the treatment and restoration of your lawn. We offer several types of lawn treatment which are detailed below.
Mar\Apr – We apply spring fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
May\Jun – We apply early summer fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
Jul\Aug – We apply late summer fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
Sept\Oct – We apply liquid iron treatment to your lawn to control moss and protect it over the winter
Nov – We apply crane fly (daddy long legs) treatment to your lawn to prevent infestation in the spring
These treatments can be included with your year-round treatment, or ordered independently.
Scarification – We remove moss and/or thatch from your lawn, which improves oxygen, water & nutrient levels in the soil
Aeration – This treatment improves drainage, provides space for root growth in your lawn, and allows nutrients and oxygen to the root zone
Miraclemoss – Our own organic moss control treatment, safe for pets, wildlife and your border plants
Pest Control – Chafer Grub treatments to rid your lawn of dead spots
Mowless – A treatment that reduces the speed of your lawn’s growth, reducing the need to mow and resulting in a much healthier lawn
Garden centre products are diluted so that no professional qualifications are required to buy or apply them. But this also means that they can be less effective when applied to your lawn. As well, many of these products are a mixture of lawn food, moss killer, greener and weed killer, which also compromises their effectiveness.
As well, garden centre products are designed to give a flush of growth so that you see visible results sooner. Unfortunately, much of the solution is too strong to be absorbed by your lawn and simply washes away. All of the operators at Lawn 3 are NPTC qualified, able to purchase and apply professional-strength fertilisers and weed killers to your lawn.
All of the products Lawn 3 applies are slow release, which allows a carefully regulated release of nutrients into the soil for a lawn that not only looks healthy on the surface, but really is healthy all the way from root to top.
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