There is a very old saying that prevention is better than cure, which applies well in almost every stream of our lives, also when we are talking about preventing our beautiful lawn from the damage of pest and bugs attack. Pests and Bugs that can cause huge damage to the lawn or green grass includes the Caterpillars, Cutworms, Army worms, grubs, lawn moths and other insects.
Generally, watering the grass on regular basis, removing the old and dead leaves and thatch, etc helps in keeping the grass fit. This strengthens it further to fight the chinch bugs as they cannot lay eggs without the thatch cover. Lawn bugs can also be prevented with the use of pest controlling chemicals. Use of pest controllers like insecticides and pesticides help the growth of pest in lawn.
However in the cases if the bugs are still invading your lawn, following methods can be proceeded to get your grass rid of them.
In case the bug invading your lawn is a caterpillar, you need to understand the fact that these don’t do any damage to the lawn unless and until they are too many in number. This can be tested by performing drench test. In this test you need to mix two spoon of salt in 2 gallon of water and put the mixture on a square patch of your lawn. The land needs to be watched for 10-15 minutes to be able to count the number of caterpillars that appears up. If the count increases fifteen, it is a serious problem and the grass needs to be treated for the caterpillars.
Another culprit that preys on the roots of your grass and generates brown patches is the white grub worm. The reason that can led to the grass to have patches many include dog urine, uneven or irregular watering or maintenance, over use of chemicals like pesticides and insecticides. Just like the caterpillar test one can also test for white grub worms. You just need to dig around the roots and wait for the grubs to come out. If the count is more than six, it is a serious issue and needs treatment.
Another type of bugs called the chinch bugs is very harmful for the grass as they may cause big patches of 2-3 feet in diameter. These bugs grow in number with the scarcity of water resources. Hence a chinch bug affected lawn should be watered regularly and treated as soon as possible. Proper maintenance, removal of thatch and regularity in watering of the grass can help reducing the chances of your lawn getting affected by chinch bugs.
None of these prevention measures can be taken as guaranteed protection against the bugs attack. It is advisable to keep regular maintenance and watering of the lawn to reduce the danger to minimum.