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How to Control Lawn Pests

Different types of pests such as armyworms, caterpillars, and cutworms often infest lawns and can cause serious problems. The first step before treatment is identifying the kind of pest in your lawn. If you are not sure of the type of pests in the lawn then it won’t be easy to deal with them. Below are some guidelines and tips that can help in the identification and treatment of lawn pests.

Grub Worms

If you see brown patches in the lawn it is likely they have been caused by white grubs. These pests feed on grass roots and the grass begins to dry on the surface. However, dig around the grass roots and see if this is the real cause of the brown patches since other factors such as improper application of herbicides and pesticides, uneven irrigation, and pet urine can cause similar problems.

After you’ve dug around the roots see if there are any grubs within an area of one square foot. Treat the lawn for grub worms if you find at least six of them within the dug area. When choosing treatment, it is recommended to use the least toxic option available. Treatments should be applied at the right time and applied correctly.

Caterpillars

Many people assume caterpillars are less harmful and can’t cause any damage in their lawn. While this could be true it is important to note that these pests can result in serious problems especially when in large numbers. The best way to check for their presence in your lawn is through a drench test. You can apply a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid (four tablespoons) on a section of the yard and watch the area for at least ten minutes. This will help you find out the extent of infestation before proceeding for pest treatment.

Chinch bugs

You can prevent the infestation of these pests in the lawn through regular irrigation/watering as well as removing thatch during fall. If you see yellow patches in your lawn it is an indication of their presence. Leaving these pests in a lawn causes the grass to be easily stressed by the hot weather. You can apply insecticides in case control measures don’t work.

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What is the Best Time to Water Your Lawn and How?

Every homeowner wants to keep their lawn green and healthy throughout the year even during summer when it is very hot. While it is important to water the lawn you need to be careful not to water too much. Chances are that you have other things that need your attention and therefore you are not ready to waste money that can be used in other things. Your lawn needs enough water that will ensure it doesn’t turn dry and brown. Here are lawn watering guidelines that can help you care for your lawn.

 

Lawn Watering Guidelines

When should I water My Lawn?

If this is a question you’ve been asking yourself, you are on the right track. Taking care of the lawn requires proper timing. The grass in the lawn will always indicate signs of stress when it there is not enough water or moisture in the soil. As soon as you begin seeing the usual emerald green color of your lawn turning to a bluish-green tint it’s time to water the grass.  So head out to your garage and grab that hose.

At times you’ll notice your footprints stay on the grass for more than thirty minutes after mowing or walking across it. This is a clear indication of stress and it’s time you tested the soil moisture. Check if the ground is so dry or hard using a screwdriver or any other object. It is very important to always test the soil before irrigating.

Although the grass may look stressed as a result of a hot, dry weather the soil could still be moist. If this is the case, then apply a quick burst of water just to cool the grass.

How do I water a Lawn?

Watering the lawn is very essential. However, the amount of water to be used on a lawn varies depending on factors such as the type of soil, climatic conditions, type of grass, and the use. The best approach can be through experimentation.

When the grass looks stressed, irrigate your lawn deeply. However, avoid watering on a daily basis since this makes the grass roots to be shallow and weak. Of course you shouldn’t water when there are signs of rain. Infrequent irrigation will create strong, sturdy roots and a healthy lawn. Watering should be done early in the morning. Focus more on stressed areas rather than the whole lawn.

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