If you’re like most homeowners, you want a lush, healthy lawn for your kids to play on and your neighbours to envy. While it can be disheartening to see your hard work being hampered by pests, the good news is there are a number of easy ways to keep the critters away without pumping your grass full of chemicals.
One of the best defences against invasive parasites is to choose the correct grass for your region, climate and property.
A healthy, dense lawn is much less likely to attract pests than one that is struggling to survive. So if you haven’t put down your lawn turf just yet, make sure you speak with an expert about the conditions at your property.
Pests can breed quickly (and in large numbers) in even a small amount of standing water, so it’s a good idea to do a regular tour of your yard and keep an eye out for water that may have collected and look into drainage solutions if needed.
While you should also keep a close eye on the lawn itself, don’t assume every bug you find is doing it harm, because many are quite beneficial. Before you launch ‘operation bug termination’, it’s important to learn which ones are bad and which are good. Some of the less pleasant critters include: chinch bugs, white grubs and sod webworms, and if all else fails, can be treated with Grub Kill.
Finally, make sure you have a thatch collector attached to you lawn mower. While including some grass clippings to a mulch mix can act as a great fertiliser, big clumps on your lawn can provide both food and a safe haven for those unwanted bugs.
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