If your lawn is looking brown and unattractive, it may need more watering. High temps can easily zap your grass if it's thirsty. If you have been watering regularly or there has been enough rain, the unpleasant look of your grass may be the result of lawn grubs. These insects live in the soil and eat your grass roots in late summer (July/August). These pests can do a lot of damage to your turf and they invite wildlife like skunks, raccoons and moles that feed on lawn grubs (and further damage your grass in search for their meal).
Visible lawn grub damage can be seen from late summer through early fall. Look for irregular brown patches of lawn that peel away easily from the soil, like carpet. But, ideally, you’ll want to treat for grubs before they harm your lawn.
Some experts argue that the best time for treating grub worms is in late summer or early fall while the grub worms are still small and close to the surface and spring rains are no longer a threat to wash away treatment.
Others contend that early summer grub treatment is ideal to minimize infestation throughout the summer. Some applications target the pests before they lay their eggs, killing them and any hatchlings before they can damage turf.
Whether you decide to treat in early summer or later summer, or maybe right in the middle; treating lawn pests will improve your turf.
Rodrigo Dos Anjos