Banishing Pesky Pests To Create A Lush Lawn

Banishing Pesky Pests To Create A Lush Lawn



If a​ once-healthy lawn no longer seems to​ have the​ dense,​ lush surface it​ had (or perhaps "dense" and "lush" are two words that have never been associated with that specific lawn),​ now is​ the​ time to​ identify the​ cause of​ the​ problem. a​ lawn must be hardy to​ survive weed,​ insect and disease attacks.

"Pesticides" is​ the​ broad term for the​ insecticides,​ herbicides and fungicides meant to​ eliminate or​ control weeds,​ nonbeneficial insects,​ fungus and other diseases. Pesticides may be either synthetic or​ organic and are used to​ control a​ pest-be it​ a​ weed,​ insect or​ disease-problem that has become out of​ control.

"It is​ usually a​ good idea to​ look closer at​ your lawn to​ catch potential pest problems before they become too difficult to​ manage,​" says Parwinder Grewal,​ Ph.D.,​ the​ Ohio State University associate professor of​ entomology,​ nematology and environment science. "For example,​ it​ is​ too late for grub control when skunks have started digging the​ turf in​ search of​ a​ nice meal of​ fully developed juicy grub larvae."

The first step is​ to​ identify the​ pest and the​ conditions that led to​ the​ pest infestation. After making sure the​ pest population is​ at​ a​ level that would cause unacceptable damage to​ the​ lawn,​ pesticides may be part of​ the​ treatment plan. if​ you choose to​ use one,​ keep these tips in​ mind:

• Always read and follow label directions.

• Do not apply pesticides on​ windy days,​ as​ they may drift beyond the​ application area.

• Spot treat for weed and insect infestations whenever possible.

• Do not apply a​ pesticide in​ or​ near a​ water source and keep it​ off pavement or​ impervious surfaces that could be washed into water bodies.

• Stay out of​ treated areas until the​ spray has dried,​ dust has settled or​ as​ directed on​ the​ product label.

Remember,​ not all insects are pests. Less than 5 percent of​ all insects are harmful and most of​ these have natural predators such as​ other insects,​ birds,​ bats and toads to​ keep them in​ check.

Robust lawns are more resistant to​ pest attacks than lawns under stress. Correcting soil pH,​ proper fertilization and other management practices that encourage healthy lawn growth are all part of​ creating a​ beautiful lawn year after year.

While some homeowners prefer applying lawn care products to​ control or​ eliminate pests themselves,​ others might feel more comfortable hiring a​ professional to​ apply the​ products. Regardless,​ environmental stewardship should be a​ top priority when managing and maintaining lawns and landscapes.

"A lawn is​ the​ focal point of​ recreational activity and aesthetic beauty of​ a​ property. Carefully and frequently analyzing a​ lawn for pests,​ weeds,​ diseases and insects will help to​ identify problems before a​ threshold of​ damage occurs. Correcting the​ problems will ensure a​ healthy lawn,​ save money on​ costly repairs and enhance the​ quality and appearance of​ a​ lawn,​" says John Gibson,​ director of​ operations for Swingle Tree,​ Lawn & Christmas Decor,​ Denver,​ Colo.,​ and president of​ the​ Professional Landcare Network,​ a​ national association for professional landscape contractors.

Gibson is​ also a​ member of​ Project EverGreen,​ a​ national non-profit organization formed to​ raise the​ awareness of​ the​ environmental,​ economic and lifestyle benefits of​ landscapes and promote the​ significance of​ those who preserve and enhance green spaces at​ home,​ work and play.




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