The Natural Gardener
  Home » Chafer Grub Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Our Blog  |  Your Account  |  Shopping Basket  |  Checkout   
Help Put Something Back
Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Coir Compost

Seaweed Granules

Biodegradable Coir Pots

Larger Biodegradable Coir
Pots

Wormcast and Coir Compost

Mycorrhizal Fungi

Biochar - Capturing Carbon

Biodegradable Plugs

Larger Biodegradable Plugs

Weed and Pest Controls

Pigeon Repellent

Catwatch - Cat Deterrent

Cat and Dog Repellent

Rat and Mouse Repellent

Mole Repellent

Neem Natural Fertilizer

Pure Organic Neem Oil

Organic Potting Kit

Organic Green Start Sets

Chilli Kitchen Gardens

Handmade Wooden Hay Rakes

Traditional Trug Baskets

Adirondack Chair

Adirondack Family

Jackets and Smocks

Garden Hampers

Handmade Hampers

Nesting Boxes

Bee Colony

Raised Beds

Herb Wheel Planter

Cascade Planters

Handmade Plant Labels

Handmade Garden Plaques

Soap Nuts

Fresh Pods

Garden Buildings

Garden Stores

Greenhouses

Arbours

Garden Arches

Summer Houses

Gazebos

Garden Decking

Playhouses

LifeTime Wood Treatment

Wormery

Kitchen Herbs

Kitchen Salad Garden

Organic Vegetable Plants

Gardening with Nature by Jenny Steel

Native Wildflowers in Your Garden

Growing Stuff

Truffle Trees

We just can't show them all!

Things We Could Not Resist including my Designer Bag !

News and Views

Links with Like Minded
Friends

Our Products

Adirondack Chairs (26)

Arbours (5)

Biodegradable Compost (4)

Biodegradable Plugs (2)

Biodegradable Pots (20)

Clothing (1)

Decking (3)

Garden Arches (7)

Garden Buildings (15)

Gazebos (6)

Green Houses

Green Start Sets (1)

Growing Stuff (1)

Jenny's Books (1)

Log Cabins (30)

Natural Fertilizer Sets (7)

Natural Weed/Pest Control (28)

Nesting Boxes (1)

Organic Vegetables (2)

Plant Labels

Playhouses (1)

Raised Beds (7)

Soap Nuts (2)

Summerhouses (2)

Things We Could Not Resist (59)

Truffle Trees (3)

Wormery (2)

Bestsellers
01.Handmade Wooden Hay Rake
02.Seaweed Granules
03.Biodegradable Trough
04.LifeTimeô Wood Treatment - Makes 1 Gallon
05.Neem Organic Fertilizer
06.20cm Mulch Mat - Qty 5
07.Coir Compost Discs
08.45cm Mulch Mats - Qty: 5
09.Number 7 Trug
10.LifeTimeô Wood Treatment - Makes 5 Gallons
What's New? more
Cheviot Log Cabin (5.5m * 4.0m) - Easy Kit Form
Cheviot Log Cabin (5.5m * 4.0m) - Easy Kit Form
£4,285.00
Chafer Grub

Chafer Grub

We have a problem under our lawn - itís the Cockchafer grub - but we canít do anything about them other than dig them up [ and thatís called digging up your lawn to spite your cockchaferís face - or something like that ! ]

However, what we did deal with were their smaller ďcousinsĒ

The Chafer grub


These, along with them Leatherjackets , were making our lawn even balder than Joe
[ O.K., perhaps thatís a slight exaggeration !]

These came from one border spadeful.
Dug after we had despaired of the state of our lawn,
and decided to put in a couple of raised vegetable beds.

(At least then we knew what was ruining our lawn, even though it was after we had dug it up ! )

Incidentally the RHS tell us that a badly nourished lawns are the most susceptible to these little perishers, and we found seaweed granules a great help in getting the lawn back into shape.
(Wonder if I can get Joe to rub some in ?)

The grown up Chafers are no real problem, and can be quite a sight really as they come out of the lawn May or June time.
You are probably seeing Phyllopertha horticola, which has a greeny coloured head and the welsh chafer, Hoplia philanthus which has a black head.
They can make quite a swarm if the turf was really infested.

Although they can nibble at a few leaves, they really are coming out to ďpartyĒ - if you see what I mean.

Females then go back to your lawn, and lay loads of eggs in the soil.
A couple of weeks later the grubs are hatched, and get feeding on your roots right away. By the way, they love moist ground, even delaying hatching during drought - bit of a mystery why they hatch so quickly in the UK !

The grubs are a nuisance, but just wait until they become fully grown larvae.
Hulking great brutes, much bigger than their parents.

Lying in your bed all day, eating , eating - and eating !
One thing about these kids - they are not fussy eaters.
(Come to think of it, sounds like some students I know very well.)

They will chomp quite happily through some really cold weather
until, in the spring, your lawn will look like this.

Donít worry though, there are two easy ways of sorting out chafer grubs.

There is the chemical way with Imidacloprid.

Itís quite safe, they tell us, even though it comes from nicotine.

No, itís fine to use, just donít worry about it containing our old friend crystalline quartz silica. I mean what does the National Toxicology Program in America know - saying ď itís known to be a human carcinogenĒ indeed !

Well, and as for them also saying naphthalene, another ingredient, shows Ďclear evidence of carcinogenic activityí have they carried out extensive tests or something !

What worry guts that old NTP - Oh, and the International Agency for Cancer - really are !

Theyíre just like that American Environmental Protection Agency - we all know those Americans exaggerate, Imidacloprid varies wildly in its effect on wildlife.

O.K. itís highly toxic to sparrows and pigeons, and a total no - no ( translation ďacutely toxicĒ ) to bees, earthworms, ladybirds and lacewings, but it will get your chafer grubs.

And those rumours of egg thinning, inability to fly, fewer birds hatched etc, etc - well they came about after only a few investigations.

Bet there were only a few investigations too which proved Ďextreme toxicityí to fish and shrimps and things - I mean who has those in the garden.

Well, for some reason we decided not to use Imidacloprid.

So whatís the other way of sorting out these Chafers ?

With them Heterorhabditis megidis nematodes of course.
Doesnít everybody know that !

Actually, we didnít until we did a bit of research and discovered nature can help - again.

(If you want to get very technical - which I donít really - itís the insect-pathogenic bacteria Photorhabdus which sorts out the Chafers, and these nematodes are in a symbiotic relationship with this bacteria.)

Well you did ask !


As with all of the pest controls we offer here, these nematodes are harmless to everything - apart from the Chafer grub.

You just mix them with water, and apply it with a watering can during late summer and autumn. It is best to do it on a non sunny day ( difficult to find in the UK I know ) so it will not dry out straight away.

These tiny little creatures will get straight to work.

As always, there will be full instructions with the packet - including asking you to refrigerate until you are ready.

To cover around 110 square yards (100 sq. metres)

£29.95
Sold Out

For a much larger area 550 square yards (500 sq. metres)

£94.95
Sold Out

Putting something back - Organic, Sustainable, Biodegradable - Just growing Natures Way

Continue

Copyright © 2017 The Natural Gardener
PayPal Acceptance Mark