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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Lawn Grubs

By Angie Hicks




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) In many parts of the country, now is the time of year to treat your lawn for grubs. Neglecting preventive treatment, or ignoring key warning signs of grub damage, could be an expensive mistake.

"They can do thousands of dollars' worth of damage" to your lawn, says David Tice of Tice Lawn Maintenance in Prospect, Conn. "It's not cheap to do lawn restoration. It's kind of expensive and it costs twice as much to kill them as it does to prevent them - just for the product - never mind the damage that they do."

There are several different types of grubs - which are the larva of beetles that like to feed on grass roots - with the most common coming from Japanese Beetles, June Bugs and European Chafers. As a result, there are also a variety of treatment options depending on the type of grub there is and whether they've done lawn damage or not.

Identifying potential grub issues can be a challenge for the average homeowner, in part because the damage often mimics drought-ridden grass.

"That's the most difficult thing about grubs," says Wes Ory of Heritage Lawns & Landscape in Olathe, Kan. "Because that larva is below ground and it's feeding on the roots of the plant, there aren't a lot of signs or indicators you have a problem until you start seeing brown spots show up in the lawn. In Kansas City, we start seeing that somewhere around the middle of August, maybe the first of August, depending on the year."



Another indication of a heavy grub population is birds, skunks, armadillos and other animals - depending on the part of country they're in - feeding on grubs in the lawn.

"Skunks, raccoons and birds like to eat the grubs," Tice said. "You'll just come out one morning and see a huge patch of lawn ripped up and that's usually an indication you have a grub problem."

If you fear you have a grub problem, Ory recommends grabbing a section of damaged grass, or green grass near the damaged grass, and try to lift that area like you're pulling hair. If you can easily lift up a section, chances are you'll see active grubs; which are usually small, c-shaped white worms.

"It will lift up like a piece of carpet and you'll see the larva in there," Ory says.

Homeowners with lush, green lawns are more at risk for grub issues than areas with dried lawns.

"They like hot, sunny areas," Tice sats. "When the beetles are flying in the air, they're looking for green grass in a time of year when the grass is usually not green. Usually, they lay their eggs in that area because they know a root system is there and the babies will have food to feed on. Very rarely do you find any grub damage in shaded areas."

Grub treatments can range in price, on average from about $75 to $200, depending on the type of treatment and the size of the area affected. Ory recommends applying a preventative product in mid-July. If damage is already done, a more aggressive treatment likely will be required that's tailored to treat your specific grub issue.

Because there is a wide array of grub types, homeowners concerned about grub problems should consult a professional on the best course of treatment. Some products work best when grub damage is minimal. Others work only as preventive treatments and won't kill existing grubs. Use the wrong product and you're not only wasting money, you could potentially damage other beneficial microorganisms or insects in your soil.

"The timing (of the application) is the most critical part of it all," Tice adds.

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Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie's List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.


Previously:


Solar panels' green savings
Tips to keep your appliances in good shape
Curb appeal is key in selling a house
The right and wrong ways to use (or abuse) your garbage disposal
Lawn Mower Tune-Up Time
Carpet Cleaning
Hardscaping: Homeowners upgrading outdoor areas
Dryer vent cleaning
Home automation
Central Vacuums
Know signs of a qualified locksmith
Mold Testing and Remediation
Most water softeners are fully automatic
Property sealing your home's envelope
New thermostats can 'learn' home's routine

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