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"Controlling Grubs and Other Lawn Insects Safely and Organically"

Grubs have been a big problem throughout western Massachusetts. They do damage to lawns, creating large dead patches. In severe infestations, the grass can be peeled back like a carpet, revealing the grubs. In addition to damaging lawns, grubs also feed on plant roots in the garden as well.

The best way to get rid of grubs in the lawn and garden is to apply Milky Spore Powder Grub Control. It is a safe, organic, long-term control of grubs. I put it down in my own yard about 20 years ago and haven’t had a problem with grubs since. I heard from a gentleman that put it down once 60 years ago and it’s still working.

The reason the chemical grub treatments often don't work is because the grubs have gotten resistant to the chemicals. Milky Spore Powder Grub Control is a naturally-occurring bacteria that infects only grubs and the grubs do not get resistant to it. Once applied, the bacteria quickly spreads throughout the colony of grubs, constantly “mushrooming” and that’s how you get the long-term control of the grubs. It pays for itself in only two years of conventional grub control and it works.

As a bonus when you get rid of the grubs the moles that have been ruining your lawn go away and the birds and skunks that have been making holes in your lawn will leave it alone. Because beetles come from grubs, you’ll have fewer beetles flying around eating your flowers in summer. Milky Spore Powder Grub Control only affects grubs and is safe for people, pets, wildlife, and the environment. It is non toxic and the lawn can be used safely after treatment.

Milky Spore Powder Grub Control comes in a can (each can treats 2,500 square feet) and is easy to apply and it starts working right away. You simply walk through your lawn and gardens and drop a teaspoon every four feet in a grid pattern throughout your entire yard and then water it in for 10 minutes or put it down before it rains.

You can apply Milky Spore Powder Grub Control any time – it can be applied before, after, or at the same time as my Organic Lawn Weed and Feed and Herbicidal Soap Spray or any chemicals you’ve already applied.

Click here to order my Milky Spore Powder Grub Control, Organic Lawn Weed and Feed, Herbicidal Soap Spray, and other organic lawn care products from my Online Store. You can pick up your order free, no shipping charge, at any of my Gardening Workshops or you can have your order shipped.

Pernell Gerver's Gardening Q & Aby Pernell Gerver

"Begin Spraying Roses with Neem Oil Now to Prevent Black Spot"

Q. I planted a couple of shrub roses and a white climber near each other last year. Black spot appeared on the climbing roses and spread to the shrub roses. There was considerable black spot on the climbing roses and the defoliation that goes with it. What should I do? What kind of spraying would you recommend right now in early spring? Thanks.

A. Black spot is probably the number one disease of roses. The best way to treat it is to prevent it. The spray I use and recommend for black spot on roses is Neem Oil. Neem Oil is an organic insecticide, fungicide, and miticide. In addition to being an excellent control of black spot and other fungal diseases that affect roses and other plants, it also controls over 200 insects as well as mites. To prevent black spot, begin spraying the roses now as new growth emerges and continue spraying on a regular basis every seven to 10 days all season long. Be sure to coat the leaves and the canes when spraying.

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