How to control the chafer beetle in your lawn

Chafer Beetle in a Vancouver lawn
Chafer Beetle in a Vancouver lawn, could have been prevented with proper lawn maintenance and care

There are some very simple steps that can be taken to help limit and or control infestations of chafer beetles in lawns, unfortunately from my experience, many customers still do not follow these simple items:

Simple lawn maintenance items to stop the chafer beetle

  1. Fertilize your lawn.
  2. Overseed your lawn.
  3. Keep debris off your lawn.
  4. Mow your lawn at the proper height.
  5. Take corrective action if you notice any problem with the growth of your lawn.

The customer who has a full blown infestations of the chafer beetle in their lawn area normally did not follow the steps above and allowed their lawn area to become weak and susceptible to pests and diseases. This leaves the customer with a lawn area that looks like a rototiller has run through it after the crows, skunks and racoons have had their feast of fishing bait. This new condition of your lawn will now be grounds for a lawn replacement and new sod.

To help control the initial stages of a chafer beetle infestation an application of nematodes in the third week of July will probably be 50% effective at decimating the little eggs that were implanted in your lawn. To help increase your odds, other expensive products that work at attacking the eggs are now available to apply near the same period of time. It’s at this point we will now refer to the list above and follow a program to help rejuvenate your lawn area. By doing this list above we are decreasing the chances that we will get a re-infestation the following year. That’s because the chafer beetle life cycle is an annual cycle that if stopped will save your lawn from total decimation. The key characteristic to remember of the chafer beetle that will help you is: The chafer beetle does not like to implant her eggs in healthy lawns, she likes weak lawn areas to procreate. If you present the chafer bitch with a lush, dense, healthy lawn area to nest her eggs, she will probably find somewhere else to do her business.

So, keep your lawn healthy, follow the list above and if you need to replace your lawn, do so, but have confidence that you now have a strong healthy lawn area that the chafer beetle is not likely to attack.

If you want a strong healthy lawn fertilizer and grass seed applications are a must. You can now purchase these items from us using the following link:

Chafer Beetle Resistant Type Sod

Chafer beetles resistant sod is designed to limit the chafer beetle decimation in your lawn area by utilizing fescue type grasses that are not typically part of the diet of the chafer beetle. Learn more….

Recovering your lawn after a chafer beetle attack

After your lawn has been decimated from the crows, skunks and racoons you have basically 2 options:

  1. Complete lawn replacement.
  2. Rejuvenate your lawn area with a program.

Use the following links to get help with either of these options:

How long can sod stay rolled up before I have to lay it?

Rolling out a new lawn.

Before you place your sod order you should:

  • Have your soil prepared
  • Have enough labor to install all your sod in one day
  • Have you sprinklers ready to go on
  • Have all your hardscaping completed (Paving stone, etc.)

Sod decomposes when rolled up. To put an exact number on the time it takes to heat up and destroy the inside of the rolls will depend up certain items:

  • The temperature both the ground and air
  • Humidity level
  • Soil composition
  • Last fertilization
  • Direct exposure to sunshine

During growing seasons it is wise to have sod installed the same day as harvesting. When storing sod prior to installation ensure the rolls are kept out of direct sunlight, rolled up without ends hanging, you may apply a light watering to the ends that were exposed during transport.

During cool months sod can stayed rolled up for much longer, I have seen rolls 5-7 days old that survived just fine in cool weather.

On hot days if your sod is heating up and starting to decompose, immediately unroll the sod and apply water to release heat. If the inside is black and slimy with an unforgettable smell, your sod is toast. If your sod is yellow and just a little smelly, you’re okay, water and put a fertilizer on it. The sod will recover in about a week, apply seed to any area that didn’t recover.

When you purchase sod be prepared and ready install when your order is shipped.

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What type of sod should I use for my new lawn?

Choose a sod based on your usage and environment of your yard.
Choose a sod based on your usage and environment of your yard. The description of the sod will probably match what it should be used for.

Deciding upon what type of sod to use for your new lawn installation project will depend on two main factors:

  • The use of the lawn area
  • The environment you are laying the sod

There are 3 basic types of sod that can be used for residential purposes:

  • Standard use sod. Normally a blend of three grass types: Rye, blue, fescue.
  • Shade type sod: Higher fescue content.
  • Sport type sod / high traffic area: Higher bluegrass content.

Then there are specialty type sod for particular uses:

  • Chafer beetle resistant: Higher fescue content.
  • Drought resistance sod: Higher fescue content.
  • British Columbia Okanagan / Interior Sod: Higher bluegrass content.
  • Low maintenance sod: Higher fescue content.

As you can see from above the selections of sod to choose from are closely matched to the usages. To select the proper type of sod to use for your new lawn decide first if you have a shaded area. Having a shaded area will take priority over anything else. Shaded areas do not grow great lawns. Be careful when laying sod in a shaded area and make a determination if there is enough light throughout the year to grow lawn.

For any customer that lives the in the Okanagan or British Columbia Interior it is critical that a bluegrass type sod is used for any new lawn project.

Low maintenance sod sounds like a great idea for those that do not want to put much work into a lawn, establishment will require watering, mowing and fertilization.

Chafer Beetle resistant sod is a tall fescue type sod. If offers an increased defence against the grubs. It’s not a solution but will help. The best thing to prevent chafer beetles is to keep a healthy lawn all year round.

What type of sod is for sale in British Columbia?

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How much does sod cost in British Columbia?

Turf blend soil installed
Turf blend soil installed
sodding a lawn
sodding a lawn

The price of sod in British Columbia is between $0.50 cents per square foot to $0.75 per square foot plus delivery charges. There are cheaper sods available but not recommended for residential uses.

There are different varieties and qualities of sod in British Columbia but three primary grass seed choices that are used in the Pacific Northwest for residential applications:

Bluegrass

Fescue

Ryegrass

Bentgrass is used for non residential uses such as golf course greens and bowling greens. Bentgrass sod is much more expensive than the regular residential lawn types.

Sod is grown mainly on two types of soil in British Columbia:

Clay

Sandy loam

Sandy loam based sod is normally more expensive than clay based sod but installation is made much easier with the sand base. Clay based sod is good for reducing water requirements as clay retains moisture much better than sand. This may have a negative effect of limiting drainage through the sod layer and puddling or sogginess may occur in winter months in your lawn area. Sand based sod is normally used for residential purposes and clay based sod is used for commercial applications.

Most sod grown by a farm will be weed and pest free. The sod should be properly mowed and rolls should not fall apart after harvesting.

To get a quote for sod either delivered or picked up please use the following link:

How to get a price for sod

If you need a price for sod all you need to know is the size of your area. Use the link below to get pricing and order sod online anywhere in British Columbia.

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How to prepare and install a new lawn from sod

Rolling soil for a new lawn
Rolling soil for a new lawn
preparation for a new lawn
Sod delivered in place, preparation for new sod installation
Installing new sod
Installing sod instead of seeding a new lawn is a fast and effective way to complete your landscape. You can sod a property almost throughout the entire year in the Vancouver, Lower Mainland.

Ten step to installing a new lawn from sod:

  1. Remove the old lawn / weeds / debris. In order to install new sod you should always have a properly prepared sub base to enjoy many years of a beautiful lawn. Pulling out all the old lawn area, weeds, rocks and debris gives the new sod unimpeded ability to root deep into the soil. Deeper roots in a lawn area will require less watering in the long run. Deeper roots means more nutrient availability to the plant. Deeper roots mean less pest infestations. Lets focus on a nice clean slate to install our new lawn upon and reap the rewards by way of a healthy lawn area for many years to come. To remove the old lawn handy tools include: sod cutter with a wide blade for large areas, pic axes, small front end loaders to remove the cut out old sod.
  2. Grade the lawn area. This is a very important task and will save you from costly drainage repairs in the future. We want a slight slope away from structures or if a slope aways is impossible at least toward a functioning drainage system. We want a generally flat surface without humps and bumps. Large area will be impossible to do by hand, use a bobcat type machine or if one is not available, a horse with grader.
  3. Add new top soil. Finding a proper soil for new lawns is hard to do. You want a well draining, properly balance ph, non compaction, high nutrient value type soil. Most soils today are not acceptable in my mind for a new lawn area. Wood chips and partially composted materials are a no no. Sand content should be high, around 60-70%. I like a little peat and other organics mixed in. Order turf blend soil from us, end of your problem, unless of course you are reading this from outside the Vancouver, British Columbia area. New turf blend soil should be at least 3 inches thick, exceptions are made for locations where the soil quality is good such as an old garden area or recently installed lawn that was neglected, died and needs replacing. Please follow the new lawn maintenance instructions here.
  4. Final grade the lawn area. Rake and roll, rake and roll, rake and roll. Basically that’s it, just do it a few time unless the soil is fairly compact and your grade is acceptable. Use a half full roller and a wide landscape rake. Don’t roll down steep hills where the roller can get away from you.
  5. Lightly roll and rake again. Sort of a redundant statement, I just didn’t know how to get to 10 steps in this article.
  6. Add a root starter fertilizer. Use a 10-30-10 or a high middle number (above 20), granular form, 2 pounds per 1000 square feet.
  7. Pull out your sprinkler. WATER YOUR NEW SOD AS YOU INSTALL IT. Please don’t wait until the very end on a warm day, some people are forgetful after a few beers.
  8. Install the sod. Green side up please… Don’t overlap, don’t leave gaps, unroll the ends, roll down hill (not up). Use a small piece of plywood to step on as to not disturb your grading.
  9. Cut the sod into place and patch in bare spots. Don’t waste those ends and scraps, use them to fill in areas. Use a sharp knife like a box cutter.
  10. Roll the laid out sod lightly. Roll your new lawn to firmly press the roots to the surface.

Choose a type of sod for your new lawn project

We supply sod throughout Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Whistler and the Okanagan, be sure to select the sod variety that matches your needs:

Want to know how much sod costs?

Sod prices are given instantly online, all you need to know is the size of your lawn area in square feet:

Need help measuring your lawn area or how much sod you need?

Click below to use our sod calculator and other helpful links to help you measure your lawn area for sod:

How much soil do I need for a new lawn? How do I calculate?

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That’s basically it for installing a new lawn…

When is a good time to sod a lawn in Vancouver and Vancouver Island? Okanagan and Whistler area?

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Sodding the new Amazon building in Tsawwassen. Don’t forget to buy local though;)

What is the best season to sod a new lawn in Vancouver? The best time of year to lay new sod is the early spring. This doesn’t mean you cannot lay sod at any other point throughout the year, it just means this is the most ideal time. The only time it’s not recommended to lay a new lawn from sod is when the ground is frozen in winter.

The reasoning behind laying a new lawn in spring is that the new sod will require very little maintenance in the way of watering. Spring time in Vancouver is typically cool and moist and will exclude you from bringing out the sprinkler. Some special conditions may required you to water your newly laid sod:

  • Dry periods without rainfall
  • Freezing tends to dry out the soil
  • Unexpected hot weather (20 degrees plus)

Will freezing temperatures damage the new lawn? No, just be sure to keep traffic off the frozen grass blades.

How long until the new sod roots in? The new sod should take within a couple weeks at temperatures in the day time above 10 degrees C. If you lay your new lawn early in the year (Jan./Feb.) the grass will just lay dormant until the temperature rises, it’s not unusual to see bulbs pop up in January in Vancouver when we see a warm period and sod will start to root in as well. Just keep traffic off the new lawn area.

When is a good time to plant sod in Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Princeton and Whistler areas?

You should consider not planting after late September to early October and begin the plant in the spring after the snow has melted. Look for temperatures around 10 degrees C as a daytime high to begin planting sod.

Need Assistance with your new lawn project?

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When can I plant new sod in British Columbia?

Vancouver Lower Mainland AreaVancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay)Whistler / SquamishOkanagan (Penticton, Kelowna, Princeton, Osoyoos)
SpringGoodGoodGoodGood
SummerOkay /GoodOkay / GoodOkayOkay
FallGoodGoodGoodGood
WinterOkay / Maybe NoOkay / Maybe NoNoNO
Good = Great time to plant sod Okay = You can do it but needs special care (Watering needed to establish sod) No= Not a chance you can plant sod at this time Maybe No = If the ground is frozen you can’t plant sod.

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