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Use Insecticide to Control Grubs

Bill Geer Published: August 10, 1996


Mid-to-late August is the best time to apply an insecticide for effective white grub control. If you have a grub problem, don't miss this critical grub control window.

For control of white grubs only, apply either Dursban or Oftanol. You can use either granular or liquid materials, depending on your lawn equipment. For better grub control:

1. Water all lawn areas to be treated with 1-inch of water.

2. Apply material uniformly on lawn area. Follow label directions and rate.

3. Water again immediately after insecticide application with 0.5 to 0.75 inches of water.

4. Keep children and pets off treated lawn areas until the product is watered and the grass has dried.

While you're inside beating the August heat, consider where a new house plant might bring a bit of life to your environment. Even in rooms with no windows, you can grow plants under regular fluorescent or incandescent light. For low light areas try pothos, snake plant, Chinese evergreen or cast-iron plant. These plants will survive and grow in windowless rooms if they receive 6-8 hours of standard fluorescent office lighting.

Foliage diseases are common problems in August and this is the month to plant most fall vegetables. Bush and lima beans, cucumber and summer squash are tender vegetables that need to be planted early enough so they can be harvested before the first fall frost. Many folks like to plant a short season sweet corn close to Aug. 1 for harvest just before frost.

Place seeds in a narrow furrow and then cover with peat moss or vermiculite to reduce heat around the seed and maintain good moisture.

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