LINCOLN SQUARE — Neighbors are being asked to stay off the grass on the east side of Lincoln Square’s Welles Park as officials try to repair the soil destroyed by writhing beetle grubs last year.
After heavy rains in the fall, the park at 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. saw thousands of grubs emerge. The bugs left behind devastated fields and lots of creeped-out neighbors.
The grubs chewed up about a third of the popular park’s 15 acres, laying waste to what was once an expanse of vibrant grass between five baseball diamonds on the the eastern half of the park.
Park district crews used Dylox to treat the infestation and began fertilizing and seeding the fields using a “dormant seeding” technique, which means the grass seeds will likely not germinate until the soil is warm enough this spring,
With warmer temperatures returning, Ald. Matt Martin’s office and the Welles Park Advisory Council are asking neighbors to keep off the fields to allow the new grass to take root.
“We need everyone’s help getting this grass to establish and thrive by staying off of the this area as much as possible. Please use the sidewalks to go around the fields and encourage others to stay off the grass as it grows healthy roots,” Martin said in a newsletter to constituents last week.
The park district will continue to monitor whether the park needs further treatment for beetle grubs, Martin said.
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