Grubs In A Vegetable Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Greenwood, IN
Question by mikendawn
May 29, 2001
How can I get rid of grubs in a vegetable garden that has already been planted?


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Answer from NGA
May 29, 2001

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. Japanese beetle grubs are best controlled by spraying beneficial nematodes on the lawn and garden area. These microscopic worm-like creatures attack only the grubs in the soil and not plants, animals or humans. Spray them in spring when the soil temperatures are above 55F and you should see a difference this summer. It's important to maintain soil moisture to keep the nematodes viable and so they can move easily through the soil. I suggest that you moisten soil well the day before you apply them, or wait until after it rains. After application, apply mulch to the soil to keep it moist. You can buy the beneficial nematodes from Gardens Alive, gardener@gardens-alive.com; ph# 812/537-8650.

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