Grub control, honeybees, and your lawn
It’s amazing to think that so many factors go into maintaining a healthy lawn! One of these factors is ensuring your lawn is receiving appropriate grub control treatment. Grubs feast on the roots of grasses and plants, causing sections of grass to die. But you don’t want to use just any grub control product! You should know what your lawn care provider is using on your lawn in any case, but when you have kids and pets, you want to be especially aware of what is in these products. Be sure you know what products your lawn care provider is using, and what impact these products have on your lawn… and the environment.
What are grubs, and how do they affect my lawn?
Grubs are actually the larvae of Japanese and June beetles, amongst others. They are C-shaped and eat grass and plant roots. The easiest way to find out if you have a grub problem is to peel back a corner of your lawn or scrape the top layer of soil in your garden or landscaping. To find out if you have a problem, peel back a square foot of turf or scrape back the top layer of soil in your garden beds.
Paradise Lawns’ Commitment to the Environment
Paradise Lawns is committed to using products and methods that are environmentally safe. This translates to a safer space for your family. From our BeeSafe Certified Organic Lawn Care Application to our Cedar Oil Lawn Treatment, you can rest assured that we are always searching for the best chemical-free solution for your lawn.
You Can Make a Difference!
When you are searching for grub control treatment, please keep in mind that what you choose can affect the natural environment around you. In the case of grub control, use of certain pesticides–especially the popular insecticide imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids–has been shown to be particularly harmful to bees. Some other countries have restricted the use of these chemicals because of this. Maryland is set to be the first state to ban the sale of neonicotinoids in 2018.
The honey bee colonies have been declining since 2006. If this problem continues, it can affect the availability of many fruits and vegetables that rely on bees for pollination services. In fact, according to The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, “The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that out of some 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated.” In order for these species to continue producing food, we must protect the honey bee population. We can do so by starting with safer lawn care treatment programs, like the organic ones that we use here at Paradise Lawns.
When you choose your grub control (and other lawn care) treatment provider, remember that you have the chance to make a difference and choose a product that will not contribute to this growing problem. Our preferred grub control product is environmentally safe, does not harm bees, and is OMRI-listed for organic use.
Help me protect my lawn—and the environment!
Have you noticed patches of your grass dying for no apparent reason? Or, do you want to prevent the possibility and request grub preventative services? Contact Dave at 402-612-1527 or use the contact form on this page to find out how we can help you!