How to rid garden of grubs???

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  1. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We've been cleaning out some of our raised beds (pulling up spent plants, etc.) and for the last several days I've been digging out grubs. The chickens are very happy about this, but my back isn't! Is there an easier, organic way to get rid of grubs?
     
  2. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    You should be able to get Milky Spore at most local nurseries or garden supply stores. It's becoming quite popular for Japanese Beetle control. Here's some facts on it: http://www.milkyspore.com/milkyspore.htm

    Martin
     

  3. Jillis

    Jillis Well-Known Member

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    I have a lot of those Japanese beetle traps. I also go around the place nabbing them off of the plants and putting them into the traps by hand. It has become a hobby of mine. The kittens think it is great, because they recognise that I am obviously "hunting" and they join me and leap on the insects that drop to the ground. I have gotten to see a lot of interesting insects and I have learned a lot too. I feed the contents of the traps to my chickens. I pour them into the water bucket or else they would all fly away when I empty it out.

    When my dh was doing pest control on LI, we occasionally would get a panic call from someone being "swarmed" by Japanese beetles! {{{shudder}}} They are very pretty to look at, anyway.

    I also read an article once about shoes with "spikes" on them doing an excellent job at decimating the grub population.

    Here's a quote from a site I just googled:
    http://www.yardener.com/ControlGrubsUsingNoInsecticides.html
    And this:
    http://www.highfashion.org.uk/homestyle/gardening/gardening_archive/grubs_wreak_havoc.htm
    Here are some links to buy the sandals:

    http://www.gardentalk.com/?page=thumb-sprinkle.htm
    http://www.avalongarden.com/bon9215.html
    http://www.amazon.com/AM-LEONARD-AS12-Aerating-Sandals/dp/B0000VV0YE


    Hope that helps!

    One of the sites said that the milky spore doesn't survive frigid winters. That would apply in my zone!
     
  4. Red Devil TN

    Red Devil TN Well-Known Member

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    iirc milky spore only works on jap beetle grubs, not all of 'em. Look up nematodes (sic?). Those will do a number on the two main grub types typically found in lawn/garden soil.
     
  5. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks!

    BTW....planting four o'clocks in the garden will kill Japanese beetles. They love to eat the plants, which are toxic and kill them.

    I have tons of grubs, but no Japanese beetles in my garden, so I assume these aren't Japanese bettle grubs.
     
  6. mikee22712

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    I am using worm castings in my garden and I have found that the beetles dont like the castings and they dont lay eggs so therefore there is no grubs when it was dug up this spring
     
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    In addition to four o'clocks, plant larkspur. Same thing - a favorite and lethal snack for Japanese Beetles.
     
  8. harrisjnet

    harrisjnet Okie with Attitude

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    Gather them and go fishing! :)