Milky Spore

cookie8(zone 5 ON)April 28, 2008

Anyone know why they don't sell this in Canada? I have the worst lawn ever and think I have to start with the grubs - I was hoping to tackle it with nematodes and milky spore but the gardening centre said ms isn't available in Canada? My husband so wants a quick fix - chemicals - but we have 3 young children and pets plus I would like something a little more friendly. We have 1/2 acre so there's a lot of work to do. thx for any input.

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bonniepunch(USDAz4 AgCanz5a)

The bacteria is not registered here. You may find it here and there, but it will be a rare thing. It's also not particularly effective in our colder climate, and it's crazy expensive! I've read claims that it takes years to build up adequate populations of bacteria in the soil to be truly effective. Nematodes will help to some degree, but aren't perfect either - they will need to be applied during cool weather and probably applied yearly.

For the most part, because of their harmful effects on bees, birds and aquatic life (and of course people, but it takes a lot to harm a person), I am very anti-pesticide for home use, and prefer to control insects by not growing plants that attract problem pests and by learning to live with some others.

I would avoid planting anything the adults feed on. Maples, apples, plums, cherries, virginia creeper and hollyhocks are all things that come to mind. Getting rid of feeding adults will help get rid of the grubs in your lawn.

BP

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 11:21PM
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cookie8(zone 5 ON)

thanks, I'm desperate the yard is a mess! I don't mind weeds and all and do what I can to keep them down but now there is dead patches and about 1/4 of the yard has been torn up from skunks - we have almost 1/2 acre so it's pretty bad.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 1:03PM
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