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Grub Control
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3:29 PM

What does the word ‘grub’ bring to mind? Food? To dig up something by the roots? How about an insect larva? Yeah, that’s it. To most people in Kansas, it means the C-shaped larva of beetles called scarabs. Many species of scarabs can be found in Kansas and several of them attack turf grasses. The larvae of “masked chafers” are the annual white grubs associated with turfgrass damage.

On average, eggs deposited by masked chafer beetles, also called May beetles or June bugs, hatch in 10-14 days. Grub development is relatively rapid. By mid-to late September, larvae voraciously feed on root systems causing visible damage to turf. In situations where “perfect stands of turf” are expected, now through mid July is the optimal time to apply insecticides.

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Curcurbit (squash family) and dozens of other great seed links

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Mailorder Gardening Assn.-
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Judd Patterson Photography-Images From Nature

USDA Plants Database

Garden Quotes: "The Quote Garden"

Kansas Wildflowers & Grasses

Arnold’s Greenhouse-LeRoy, KS

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National Gardening Association

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(MS) — When purchasing plants and trees you may have noticed the tag lists specific hardiness zones in which the plant should thrive. According to The National Arbor Day Foundation, the United States and Canada are divided into 11 areas based on 10 degree Fahrenheit changes in the average annual minimum temperature. Just remember that other variations, including soil condition, wind and rainfall, can affect the vitality of trees and plants, so hardiness zone alone is not indicative of plant survival.

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