Now that summer is in full swing and everything is green and blooming, have you noticed that your grass isn’t looking as healthy as it should? You might notice that there are brown patches that are slowly spreading, which can be caused by two insects that are common to the northern Indiana and Ohio region. These are the grub and the crane fly.
Both of these in larvae form will feast on the roots of your lawn, causing your grass to lose its ability to absorb the water and nutrients it needs to survive. This causes the grass to start turning brown and die off. If you think that you have an insect infestation, there are a few ways to diagnose it.
For crane flies, you’ll want to cut out a square foot of your sod that’s about 4 to 6 inches deep. Pull it up gently and take a look at what’s in the dirt. If you find the larvae (referred to as leatherjackets) present en mass (20 to 30 per square foot), you have a problem.
Grubs should be checked for in a similar fashion, but at a shallower depth of only 2 to 4 inches. If you find a dozen or more grubs present in a square foot of the lawn, they’re likely the culprit of your problem.
You’ll want to treat your lawn with the proper insecticide for your problem. Here at Signature Lawn Services, we can help you with both the diagnosis and treatment phases. We’ve been helping home owners and business owners grow and maintain beautiful lawns for a long time, and we’re positive that we can help you. Contact us
today for a free lawn or tree care analysis, and take your yard back from the invasive insects