Lawn Pest Control
Methods, tools and techniques
In order to have a beautiful and thriving lawn or garden, sooner or later you're going to have to deal with pests. There are literally thousands of insects that are just waiting to destroy the lawn or garden you've painstakingly put together. You have to take the offensive in controlling lawn pests from the outset, or you'll be stuck playing a continuous game of catch-up.
Lawn Pest Control
Your lawn faces the problem of pests more than any other area, and it's not just by the ones on top of it – it's threatened by an entire underground kingdom of insects and burrowing creatures. The best way to deal with insect pests is to attempt to regulate their communities. There are many ways that this can be done. Growing the right type of grass for your area can help, as well as removing pockets of thicker grass and maintaining a low grass height. In addition, cutting back tree branches so that your lawn gets plenty of light is important, as is preventing the accumulation of water in lower areas which creates a swampy effect. A healthy lawn will regulate and minimize many types of insect pests naturally, so proper watering and use of fertilizer are also recommended.
Pesticides are a last resort for dealing with insects and should only be used if there is an infestation that is causing major damage. If a pesticide is used, it should be a biodegradable one that has the least impact on the beneficial organisms in your lawn and on the lawn itself. Remember, a pesticide can cause damaged grass to undergo phytotoxic damage, so be very careful in your choice of pesticide applications. Any application of pesticide is best done by a trained and certified professional.
An alternative to pesticide is to use a liquid repellent. These products use all-natural ingredients to drive off insect pests. Regular application is required and should be done by trained professionals to minimize the health hazard.
Lawn Care Services
As mentioned earlier, the surest path to insect control is maintaining a healthy lawn. One of the best ways to do that is to hire a lawn care service. Many landscaping companies offer a selection of lawn care services that go beyond the usual landscaping tasks of mowing and trimming. In addition, most are trained in the use and handling of pesticides and liquid repellents.
Remember that your lawn and garden also house and rely on many benevolent organisms. Great care must be exercised, lest you accidentally eliminate insects and burrowers that actually keep your lawn and garden healthy.