Controlling Lawn Pests

Ah, the beauty of a gorgeous emerald-green lawn. It is something that we strive for, work at and take pride in. However, even the best-tended lawns can be vulnerable to unwelcome and uninvited invaders. These creepy-crawly guests are more than happy to move right in and take over. In the blink of an eye, lawn pests can arrive, conquer and destroy the carpet of lush green that you worked so hard to achieve.

Different Regions; Different Needs

Lawns in different parts of the United States have varying weaknesses. Depending on where you live, you could be dealing with different types of lawn pests and critters; it is wise to read up and do your due diligence to determine what you’re up against. Moles, grubs, armyworms, crickets, voles and beetles are all possibilities.

When your yard is under attack by pests, it is not the time for a do-it-yourself analysis and treatment. Call the experts at Fit Turf, and visit us regularly for lawn care tips and for more information about quality lawn care service. We can both identify the culprits and develop a plan of attack. We have been around for decades and are familiar with the special needs of Metro-Denver and Metro-Detroit lawns.

First Things First

The first line of defense against pests is planting a grass that is native to your region of the country. By installing a non-native type of grass in your area of the country, you are setting your lawn up to fail before it really has a chance to succeed. Sure, Zoysia grass looks like a soft, welcoming bed that begs you to take your shoes off. Unfortunately, it isn’t going to work in Michigan.

The United States Department of Agriculture has developed a Plant Hardiness Zone Map that is useful in determining which grass will do the best in your neck of the woods. Both Michigan and Colorado have several different plant hardiness zones, depending on your location within each state. If you are at the stage where you are considering which species of grass is right for you, check with your local nursery or give us a call at Fit Turf. Our expert technicians can help you determine the best plan of action to create and maintain your best lawn. We have been in the lawn and tree care industry for over 30 years, and we can point you in the right direction.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

As is true in just about everything in life, prevention is often the best way to avoid pitfalls. Establishing the best plan of action to keep your home happy, healthy and free of pests is often the best way to keep unwanted bugs at bay. Fit Turf offers both home and lawn pest control services, which are a great way to get your castle and its surrounding perimeter in tip-top shape. Contact our team today in both the Denver, Colorado and the Detroit, Michigan areas for a free evaluation and see how perimeter pest control can ultimately help your yard become the best it can be.

Maintenance is Key

Basic yard maintenance is also an ideal way to stay off the radar of unwanted pests. Watering, regular mowing and a professional lawn service such as Fit Turf’s can help keep your lawn healthy and strong. It’s our job to know the best treatments to be applied at specific times of the year to help your lawn get a healthy head start that will set it up to succeed. Call us for a professional consultation today and see how we can help you achieve your lawn goals.

There are some basic things that you, the homeowner, can do as well. Watering, aerating and mowing properly can go a long way. A healthy lawn takes a little work, but a little knowledge can go a long way.

Watering

Water your yard deeply, but infrequently. Avoid overwatering, because this in itself can cause unwanted pests to rear their ugly heads. Again, do your research. Find out about your type of grass and how much watering will keep it the healthiest and happiest. In-ground sprinklers should be regularly maintained; angle the head of the sprinklers as close to your lawn as possible. Low-volume, low-angle heads are a great way to get the benefits of watering by using water in the most efficient way possible. Observe your system in action on a regular basis — a mist or a fog could mean that the water pressure is too high.

Mowing

Regular mowing will keep your grass healthy. If you mow regularly, leaving the clippings can return valuable nutrients to your lawn. If you went too long in between mowing, it might be a good idea to rake and distribute the grass clippings, which will help prevent a build-up of fungal spores. Keep your lawnmower blades sharp; sharpen your blade once or twice a year. Set your mower higher under trees: Grass can often compete with tree roots for moisture and nutrients. Remember to not remove more than one-third of the height of grass when you mow. Change things up frequently — alternate mowing directions and patterns to keep your grass on its toes.

Aerating

Aerate your lawn annually or when the thatch is deeper than one-half inch. Aeration helps improve water, airflow and increase nutrient circulation. When lawns build up a thatch of more than an inch deep, insect problems can arise because the layer of the old thatch material can harbor pests and other nasty elements — such as disease and fungal spores. Check out more information about the benefits of fall aeration here.

Preventing lawn pests through yard maintenance doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Contact your local Fit Turf, visit our website for helpful lawn care tips and let us help you walk through the best ways to make your yard sparkle this season. Keeping your yard healthy and happy is one of the best lines of defense against pests.