The damage caused by chafer infestation to residential lawns is exacerbated by the fact that its grubs are an attractive food source for local fauna such as crows and raccoons, who relentlessly dig up the turf in search of the morsels. Homeowners often find themselves bewildered by the speed and extent of the destruction which may ensue.
Coming to a Lawn Near You!
Is your lawn starting to look like this?.
Most cities and districts have strict rules and bylaws about the use of chemicals to treat the Chafer Beetle. It is our experience with the Chafer Beetle that the best defense is a healthy lawn. At HydroLawn we pride ourselves in being environmentally friendly and can assist you in correcting the damage done by this aggressive pest.
A moss and weed covered lawn is an ideal environment for this nasty pest. At HydroLawn we have found the greatest success for repairing the damage with these 4 steps:
1) Thatch and expose the soil. By removing all the dead grass this exposes the larvae.
2) Allow the birds, skunks and racoons to freely feast on the grubs. Let them do most of the work.
3) Top Dress Lawns die because they are depleted and worn out. Create the perfect surface for new grass.
4) Hydroseed with our premium turf seed. Ask about our "Chafer Beetle Resistant Seed".
A thick and healthy lawn is resistant to weeds, disease and the Chafer Beetle.
Chafer Seed Care Instructions.
Water, Water, Water!!!!!
Since your new lawn will appear to have a crust, it will be easy to see if it looks dry. Water preferably in the morning and or evening. The first 21 days are crucial as the seedlings should not be allowed to dry out. This will slow or stop the growth. The mulch will maintain moisture through the heat of the day.
Watering Tips: If using a sprinkler set if for a few minutes a few times a day.
Water no less than 30 minutes a day for 3 weeks. After lawn establishes, gradually taper off watering to promote strong growth. This makes the grass work for its water and promotes deep root growth.
***Do Not Allow Water To Pool***
Your lawn can be mowed as soon as the grass is about 2.5 inches high. (around 5 weeks or sooner) The ground should be dry when cut.
Mowing will stimulate more growth. To avoid scalping of the new grass blades, never cut more than the top 1/3 of the grass.
Avoid mulching mowers until the lawn has been cut 5 or 6 times. During the fast growing periods, it is okay to mow the lawn at least once a week.
Fescue is a slower growing grass. You will see the Clover sprouts first and then the fescue.
You are now building a long term heathy lawn.
Your HYDROSEED application already has a fertilizer mixed into the mulch. This process will give your lawn a jump start. The Chafer Seed mixture is a Fescue and Clover mix. Clover produces its own nitrogen and will naturally fertilize your lawn. As HydroLawn works closely with its seed dealers, it is recommended that the lawn should not be fertilized with a high nitrogen product as it will interfere with the Clover producing Nitrogen.
The combination of the Fescue and Clover will be more drought resistant when established.
With the Chafer Seed used on your lawn, we do not recommend any use of weed control products on your lawn. A thick lush lawn will choke out weeds. However, weeds can appear from seeds that have laid dormant in the soil or have been carried in by wind and birds. Weed control products will harm the clover used in this mix. Regular lawn maintenance such as over seeding and top dressing will assist in the prevention of future weeds. Hand pick any weed as you find them.