Post # 1
Our grass looks terrible. I think it’s because we may have grubs that the animals are eating bc we are noticing little holes throughout the lawn. Does anyone have tips for getting rid of grubs? For repairing our bare lawn?
We live in Toronto, Canada and it’s about 10-15 degrees celsius during the day right now. We’ve sprinkled grass seed and have our fingers crossed that will help but thought I’d see if anyone has a green thumb and can offer other suggestions. Thanks!
Post # 2
RunningGal: This happened to us our first year in our new house too. The grubs eat your grass roots, killing the grass and inviting rodents like skunks and opossum into your yard to dig them up and eat them. This ruins your grass and yard. You’ll probably be able to lift your dead grass up off the lawn like carpet in affected spots. No bueno.
So, you’ll need to rake up all the dead grass; either hire someone to power rake or do it manually yourself with a regular rake, but it’s hard work and will give you blisters so be prepared…my DH did it all b/c I’m a weak baby with no upper arm strength, lol. After that you need to chop up the dirt a bit in the dead spots with a shovel to loosen up the dirt, then add grass seed to the spots that were dead and water them, but not too much so that the seeds don’t run off. Also, use some grub deterant fertilizer, you can find stuff at your local home and lawn store like Lowes, Ace, or Home Depot. Use it when it says to on the bag/bottle and maybe even twice this summer to prevent the grubs from coming back.
Good luck! It worked for our lawn, this is year 3 in our home. 🙂
Post # 3
RunningGal: if you’re in the GTA, the best thing is really nematodes (I may have spelled that wrong – neem-a-toad) there’s a very specific time to apply them, I don’t think it’s quite warm enough yet. If you call around to garden centers they sell them. I used to work for one in Guelph and they were the best thing available.
No one’s grass looks good yet and I’d be surprised if you have grubs yet, it’s still pretty cold in the evenings.
Post # 4
RunningGal: Take pictures of your lawn and a sample of sod to your local garden centre. An expert will be able to tell you what the problem is, so you don’t waste time and money trying to cure the wrong problem.
Post # 5
ETA: Oh, also, if it was grubs, they would have done their damage last summer/fall, and now they are dead and the animals are digging up the dead grubs to eat.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the comments. We did notice some damage in the fall but had hoped that perhaps when the spring came the grass would rejuvenate. It doesn’t seem like that will happen since there are spots with pure soil and no grass, not even dead grass!
I agree it’s still early so perhaps some of the other areas will come back as spring progresses.
I appreciate all the insights and it’s nice to hear that others were able to make progress on their yards over time!
Post # 7
Grubs are nasty buggers, but unless you haven’t noticed the issue for a long time, they don’t generally make the grass go bare. They’ll make big brown spots pop up, not necessarily kill off the grass (To the point that it is dirt, not brown) unless you have a severe infestation. They also tend to group up so it would be areas instead of spotty bits all over the lawn.<br /><br />Definitely call up a few lawn care places and see what they do. Grubs can be tough to get rid of, our lawn company does an annual sweep for grubs now that we’ve got them under control. I still find them occasionally in my flower bed (They latch onto plant roots and kill them. Bad grub!) but not in our lawn.
Post # 8
I’m posting to follow and so I have a link back to this thread. We are having the same issue.
Post # 9
Get some Milky spores for the grubs. If the soil is very compact, help by loosing it up, and cut what grass you have weekly, it’s much better for it to be cut a little bit each time more frequently, then to cut a lot of it at once. I think you’re supposed to cut less than 1/3 of it each time.