Good Grubs?

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Good Grubs?

Post by Obi-Lawn_Kenobi »

TL;DR : are there good grubs in the lawn?

Moved into my current house 2 years ago now and got into the lawn care game. Had a really bad thatch issue and thought I had it all under control this year. Ended up buying a Mclane mower to get a lower hoc than my push reel.

Did a height reset at the beginning of Sept, but the lawn never recovered. Finally got around to checking for grubs this weekend and found a few in each hole I dug. My neighbor said that there use to be trees that were removed and know the roots are still in the ground.

Are all grubs bad for the lawn or the few that I found need to be exterminated?


Crowns are all dried, and not growing, easy to pull out. Ground is moist to the depth of the shovel.
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Three little boogers in this location
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Re: Good Grubs?

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I don't know if there is a such thing as a "good grub" but I'm pretty sure those are bad ones.

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Post by Appalachian American »

Those are absolutely bad ones. The green june beetle grub does eat more thatch than roots and is less destructive. This is what it looks like.
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They are indeed a delicacy in some countries.
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Re: Good Grubs?

Post by Obi-Lawn_Kenobi »

dfw_pilot wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:23 am
They are indeed a delicacy in some countries.
I could retire with the amount in my compost pile in the back yard

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Post by Tjstampa »

Should I be concerned about grubs in the compost pile?

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Post by gkaneko »

I think in compost, grubs contribute to the composting action by eating whatever you put in.

In grass, they're eating your grass.

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Re: Good Grubs?

Post by CamaroGuy »

Take a picture of your compost. I'd like to see how big the grubs are. The capitalist in me thinks there may be a market in them.

But seriously, I wonder if they prefer Bermuda or St. Augustine grass better.

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CamaroGuy wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Take a picture of your compost. I'd like to see how big the grubs are. The capitalist in me thinks there may be a market in them.

But seriously, I wonder if they prefer Bermuda or St. Augustine grass better.
Scale is hard to tell but I'm guessing they are bigger than a nickel if not the same size as a quarter
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