The skunks have been active lately. They are digging up the lawns in search of grubs. The grubs are the “baby” stage of the Japanese beetles, and they will do major damage to the lawn by eating many of the roots. The damage to the lawn becomes apparent when the weather warms up and the lawn needs to pull more water out of the soil.
Since the grubs have eaten the roots, the grass cannot take up water and the lawn dies very quickly. If the skunks are digging in your lawn, they are actually doing you a favor by letting you know that you have grubs. Now is the time to apply a grub control.
It is a little early to apply crabgrass control to your lawn. Soil temperatures are still cool and the soil will need to warm up more before the crabgrass seeds will sprout. You can apply just a basic lawn fertilizer now to help your lawn to spring back from the winter.
Well that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.
Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.Harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.