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milky disease for grub control

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deb13-Apr-00 09:42 AM EST   
Carolyn13-Apr-00 11:43 AM EST   
deb14-Apr-00 09:17 AM EST   

Subject: milky disease for grub control
From: deb
Date: 13-Apr-00 09:42 AM EST

does anyone know why this isn't registered for use in canada, is there some environmental implications as to why or is it merely red tape and possibly kept away so that the lawn chemical companies still get lots of work??? i am interested in a more permenant solution other than spending $100 on nematodes every year and i dont want to resort to chemicals, i am almost ready to give up on lawn grass altogether however my hubby insists on keeping the suburban look of a lawn. any insight would be great!

Subject: RE: milky disease for grub control
From: Carolyn
Date: 13-Apr-00 11:43 AM EST

Read Art Drysdales' latest questions and answers article on this web-site. He discusses grub control and discounts nematodes as ineffective.

Boy, men sure love lawns! You might like to remind hubby that lawns require infinitely more maintenance than say ground covers and gardens. You have to fertilize them at the very least 3 times a season--then there's weed and grub control; seeding and reseeding. They use up an immense amount of our water--if they dry out they're unsightly. We really can't afford to be watering our lawns like we used to-the supply just isn't there! Then there's mowing which apart from taking up our time; pollutes with noise and gas.

From everything I've read on the subject, lawns are on the way out or at least they're getting smaller. They just don't make sense as our climate gets drier and more polluted. Notice the popularity of scree gardens, xeriscaping and drought-tolerant plants. It's a growing trend for very good reason.

I took my husband on a walking tour of gardens in Niagara-on-the Lake--close to where we live. We looked at different yards where not a blade of grass could be found. They were planted creatively and he agreed they were beautiful. He's finally come to the conclusion that you don't have to have the suburban stereotypical large expanse of green lawn. He's never liked mowing anyway.

Our way of making the lawn less of an issue is to keep expanding the beds--more trees, bushes and plants means less lawn.

I think many(notice I didn't say all) men believe the lawn, like the house and car are reflections of themselves and therefore should look as best as it can and dare I say it; bigger than the neighbors. Heck, for years the T.V commercials for fertilizers perpetuate this competition between men and their neighbors.

Whoa!! I think I'd better get off my soapbox.

Sorry, Deb for my ranting. Best of luck in tackling your grubs!

Subject: RE: milky disease for grub control
From: deb
Date: 14-Apr-00 09:17 AM EST

yes perhaps the "lawn" is yet another extension to the main masculine appendage if you get my drift! LOL!

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