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Gardener's Supply Company Milky Spore 40 Oz.
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- Milky Spore Powder is a One Time application using only one teaspoonful every 4 feet in a checker board pattern on your lawn, or use the Lawn and Garden Dispenser.
- Our products make it easy for you and your pets to live a greener and healthier lifestyle. For us thinking 'Green' and making a difference is a way of life.
- The Milky Spore is not harmful to people, animals, beneficial insects or the environment; safe to use around water ways.
- Grubs do damage to your lawn and attract digging vagrants such as moles and voles. Milky Spore is a naturally occurring host specific bacterium that puts a protective blanket on your lawn.
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40 OZ, Concentrate, Milky Spore Grub Control, Covers 10,000 SQFT, 100% Organic, Safe To Use Around Children & Pets, Can Be Applied Whenever The Ground Is Not Frozen, Typically Late Spring Through Early Fall, Once Established, Milky Spore Will Last 15-20 Years.Milky Spore is a naturally occurring microscopic bacteria (Bacillus popilliae) that kills Japanese beetle grubs before they can grow into ravenous adults. It's a long-term solution because it survives winter temperatures. The Milky Spore population increases each year, reaching peak effectiveness about three years after application, and lasts ten years or more.
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HOWEVER! Note that it won't (necessarily) help with your Japanese Beetle problem!!! If the surrounding area isn't also inoculated against grubs then when the neighbors grubs mature into Japanese Beetles they will just fly to your plants and you've STILL got a beetle problem. Japanese Beetles are a DIFFERENT problem!!!!! I can't stress this enough!
The BEST way to handle the beetle problem is to get your neighbors to also use Milky Spores and keep the grub and subsequent beetle population down in your entire area. It's the old "Think Globally, Act Locally" thing. If you apply Milky Spores to your lawn you are acting locally. Getting your neighbors to apply it is thinking globally.
One really cool thing about Milky Spores is that even if your immediate neighbors don't apply it, over time your application will migrate outward from your application area (because grubs move around as they feed) and will inoculate more and more area around it, eventually including the surrounding properties. I suspect that if you over-apply around the borders of your property it will help in this regard.
Application: The powder form of this product is probably best applied to a mowed lawn on the afternoon of a dry day during a season with gentle rains. The dry day prevents ground dampness from clumping the powder and plugging holes in the applicator. Our applicator was home made - an old cardboard Christmas paper tube with a plastic baggie tied over one end with elastic bands. We poked some holes in the plastic to allow powder to come out when we tapped the tube on the ground. Then we poured some milky spore powder into the open end, and walked the yard in a grid patter tapping the tube ever foot or so. When the applicator got plugged up, we simply got a new baggie to cover the end.
The gentle rain later that week soaks it into the ground without washing it all down a gutter or into a stream.
As with any concentrated product, you are advised not to inhale the dust, and to wash up thoroughly and change clothes afterwards.
Amount: We have a fairly large yard. We did our whole yard last year, and had half the box to spare.
The alternative is to buy the granulated product, and use the same spreader you use to lime your lawn. The less concentrated, granulated version of this product comes in large bags - and you will likely need several.
The treatment is supposed to last 5 years and build as the pests get it on them and transfer them to their larvae and spread through the colony.
I must admit I am surprised the Linden damage went from 80% of the foliage last 3 years to 10% of the foliage this year. I think our harsh late winter in 2018-19 may be a contributor as well.
I looked online for a way to apply this and there are videos out there to simplify the dusting. I used an idea where a piece of PVC pipe with a plastic coffee can mounted 10" above the end of the pipe. Small holes drilled in the bottom of the container. Walk and touch the pole to the ground every 3-4 feat and pepper the earth with a dose of the powder. I will easily get four years of use from this size package.
Seems to be working very well but old man winter may have killed some of the larvae with the deep ground freeze we had into April here in Minnesota.
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I did not apply the powder on my lawn yet, thus being unable to comment on its effectiveness. However, it would take a couple of years to make a statement in that respect. Until then, I would like to believe that my choice of purchassing the product based on the previous favourable reviews will not be a disappointment.