Sow densely at 50g of seed per 100 square feet. Apparently, tests done at Michigan State University show that chafer grubs have a harder time feeding on the roots of tall fescue grass (Festuca arundinacea) compared to perennial rye and Kentucky bluegrass. But now most municipalities have banned the use of chemical pesticides and this has caused many to wonder what can be done to protect their lawns. The best way to eliminate a chafer beetle infestation is by replacing the lawn with other low-maintenance chafer-resistant greenery, such as kinnikinnick, salal, creeping thyme, ornamental grasses, Dutch white clover, a vegetable garden or perennials. By keeping your lawn aerated you keep the soil relaxed which isn’t as preferable to the beetles. Use of this chemical, marketed under the brand name Merit, is reserved to companies that maintain parks and green spaces, however, and many municipalities have banned it. The animals that forage for the larvae think nothing of destroying well manicured lawn spaces in search of this important food source. If crows and raccoons are digging up your lawn, there's not much point in trying to stop them right now, says Conway Lum of Gardenworks, who has seen everything from chicken wire laid over the grass, to pie pans and fake crows intended to scare away critters. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. He says it works great mixed in with tall fescue for a chafer-resistant lawn. Tests have shown that chafer beetles don’t like to lay their eggs in tall fescue grass or microclover. The density and thickness of a tall fescue lawn makes it more difficult for the chafer beetle to penetrate down to lay its eggs in the lawn. Chafer Beetle in a Vancouver lawn, could have been prevented with proper lawn maintenance and care. Grass that tells chafer beetles to keep out Tests show that using tall fescue grass is more resistant to European chafer beetle. The recommended procedure for repairing a lawn damaged this way is to stomp back down (as much as possible) clumps of turf that have been ripped up. 5. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. Chafer beetles are less likely to lay eggs in healthy grass. Microclover also retains more moisture in the soil during dry periods and has a habit of feeding companion plants with nitrogen to make them look greener, one of the reasons it works well with tall fescue. Fighting backCan you make your lawn immune to white grubs? Countless lawns in Metro Vancouver have been destroyed by … Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. A welcome email is on its way. Canada finally has a traveller bill of rights. Rob and Sharon Valero, of Just in Season Landscaping in Coquitlam, are among the first to switch over to a new seed mix containing a blend of tall fescue and micro-clover. Let them do most of the work. We encountered an issue signing you up. The European Chafer Beetle is an invasive insect that has completely changed our landscape since it was accidentally introduced here in 2001. Dozens of chafer grubs were packed into a small area of turf and damage measured along with the survival of the grubs and specifics such as root loss. 2) Allow the birds, skunks and racoons to freely feast on the grubs. University/College It will stand up to traffic, drought, cold, shade, pets, mowing, and chafer beetles. Unfortuneately, nematodes require a damp environment to survive after they have been applied. Lawns are damaged by animals and birds looking to feed ion European chafer beetle grubs. Keeping the grass relatively high during the summer is good practice anyway as it improves drought tolerance. They don’t feed on plants the same as a Japanese beetle or reproduce in multiple hatchings. Chafer beetles are a bigger problem in North Surrey, he says, less of a problem in central Surrey, and virtually non-existent in South Surrey. 3) Top Dress Lawns die because they are depleted and worn out. In fact, Lum says it may be to your advantage to let them eat as many of the grubs as possible to help bring down the population before you apply nematode treatments mid-summer and start to restore your lawn. “Some people get a little confused because it is called ‘tall fescue’ — they think it is a tall grass — but it is not a lot different to other grasses.