Lawn Care Pest Control Tips for Spring

Lawn Care Pest Control Tips for Spring

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Did you know that more than 91,000 named insect species call the U.S. home? Beetles take the top spot for the highest number of species, followed by flies. The rest consist of families of ants, bees, wasps, moths, and butterflies.

Unfortunately, while most of those critters are beneficial or harmless, some are destructive. A few can even bring disease.

Luckily, you can combat garden pests with proper lawn care pest control. We’ve outlined the top strategies below, so keep reading.

Eliminate Undesirable Plants

There are more than 250,000 plant species worldwide, 3% (about 8,000 types) of which are weeds. However, just because people find them undesirable doesn’t mean insects dislike them. Indeed, many lawn pests, from grasshoppers to moths and beetles, feed on weeds.

Therefore, it’s imperative to remove weeds to prevent pests on your lawn. You can check out the weed and pest control guides from the folks at Holmes Lawn Care to learn more.

Mow Your Lawn

Mowing is integral to a green lawn because it helps keep the grass at an appropriate length. Proper turfgrass height, in turn, promotes and supports photosynthesis. So, if you let your lawn grass grow too long, the parts that don’t receive sunlight may turn yellow and die.

Moreover, long, unkempt grass attracts even more pests. After all, the more leaf surface there is, the more food the critters can eat.

Also, keep in mind that pests like ticks and fleas love to hide in the grass and leaf litter. Fleas, in turn, are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in canines and felines. On top of that are the five known tick-borne diseases, such as the Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

So, mow your yard at least once a week as part of your lawn care and pest control program this spring.

Avoid Overwatering

Overwatering your lawn can drown your grass and plants and introduce root rot. In addition, the water they don’t absorb can attract undesirable weeds and pests. Molds and other fungi can even grow on the damp spots on your lawn.

One inch of water every week is usually enough to keep your lawn thriving in spring.

Discard Standing Water

Mosquito season usually starts in the spring and then peaks in the summer. These blood-suckers lay eggs in, above, or near water. They can even give “birth” in dry areas that they know can accumulate moisture later.

Thus, eliminating all sources of standing water is one of the best ways to control mosquitoes. That includes plant saucers, watering cans, unused containers, and kids’ toys. Lastly, don’t forget to keep pool covers, patio awnings, tarps, and tents dry.

Implement Proper Lawn Care Pest Control ASAP

There you have it, your guide on proper and effective lawn care pest control.

It’s best to follow our tips ASAP, lest you want your garden full of brown, dead grass. As a final tip, consider hiring lawn care experts, especially if you don’t have that much time to tend to your garden.

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