A properly-maintained lawn can capture potential buyers and passing neighbors’ attention while simultaneously creating space for outdoor activities. Besides aiding in erosion control, a well-watered yard also increases your home’s economic and aesthetic value.
However, like other outdoor areas subject to unpredictable weather conditions and environmental wear-and-tear, your lawn can experience various problems. Outdoor pests like bugs, rodents, ants, grasshoppers, and other ravenous insects may target your yard and munch through the plants, causing massive damage to your beautiful landscape.
If you’re unsure what to do when outdoor pests attack your lawn, check out these tips. When employing the right pest control strategy, you can ward off pesky garden intruders with ease.
Identify common lawn pests
As a first step, homeowners should identify the outdoor pest(s) currently infesting their lawns. By pinpointing these insect species, you can tailor your pest control strategy to the individual pest type. While it may be tricky to specify these nearly microscopic insect varieties, various online resources outline the common outdoor pests known to wreak havoc on vibrant green lawns.
Some examples include beetle larvae, chinch bugs, cutworms, sod webworms, Japanese beetles, and sod webworms. All of these listed outdoor pests can brown your lawn, wilt your grass blades, cause patchiness, and form unsightly holes.
If you’re struggling to identify these common lawn pests, you can conduct online research on your region’s native insects or call your local pest control experts. With a team of exterminators at your aid, you can speed up the eradication process and ensure a vibrant lawn.
Get professional help
Pests infesting your lawn can be intimidating, especially if these rodents, spiders, and creepy crawlers attack in large numbers. If your outdoor spaces are under siege, there’s no cause for alarm. Hiring an experienced pest control professional is a great way to protect your plants and landscape from long and short-term damage.
Most lawn experts like Moxie, an exterminator that offers pest control in St George, use state-of-the-art equipment and professional-grade/family-friendly products to protect your home and garden from destructive outdoor pests.
Mow and manage the lawn
Another excellent way to keep pests at bay is to mow and trim your garden regularly. In most cases, a homeowner should expect to mow their lawn until these grasses begin browning during the fall season.
Keep in mind that neglected and unkempt grass can attract weeds and pests. Bugs have a high preference for grass and often feed their larvae with grassroots, causing permanent damage to their lawn. If left undisturbed, these insects and rodents can also create unsightly brown spots in your yard and your plants’ surfaces.
Worse, if the damage is extensive, your garden may not regenerate in the next season. For that reason, you should mow your lawn until the grass stops growing. Besides raking up dead grass, make sure you trim tree branches, bushes, and ornamental shrubs.
Most pest varieties prefer moist environments. Clogging your lawn allows excess water to float on the surface, which can attract outdoor pests. Furthermore, excessive moisture can inhibit the development of grass and other plants, leaving homeowners with barren garden spaces.
With these consequences in mind, be sure not to overwater your yard. Instead, establish a proper drainage system to direct water out of sight and out of mind during heavy rains. Additionally, if you notice wet spots or persistent puddling in lower elevation areas, consider leveling out the terrain.
Pull out grub-infested grass
Larvae relentlessly feed on plant root systems. Unfortunately, if the feeding period continues for a significant amount of time, it can reduce the plants’ ability to absorb the nutrients they need to flourish. When these plants don’t receive the sustenance they need to develop, they’ll deteriorate and eventually die.
The worst part is that larvae can chew certain areas of the yard and leave others intact, creating unattractive brown patches on your otherwise healthy lawn. To ensure a thriving outdoor space free from eyesores, pull grub-infested grass at the first sign of trouble.
A neglected lawn can quickly become a host for undesirable weeds that can suffocate nearby plant life. Weeds such as brambles, moss, crabgrass, ivy, and dandelions will not only damage your plants but can also attract a variety of pests to your lush and vibrant green lawn.
Additionally, weeds can be a good source of food for pests and even attract other wild animals like raccoons. Make sure you pull out these weeds whenever they appear on your lawn. If you’re struggling with upkeep, you can hire a team of professionals to weed your front and backyards.
Utilize all-natural home remedies
Recruiting pest control professionals or hiring a landscaping team to mow and weed your lawn can become expensive for the average household. For those homeowners unable to carve out time in their schedules for routine weeding and mowing, the pest control solution you’ve been looking for might be tucked away in your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator.
Unlike costly store-bought pesticides or professional pest control services, all-natural home remedies can eradicate outdoor pests that target your lawn for a few dollars or less. Not to mention, most of the ingredients already make a regular appearance on your weekly grocery list, saving you time and money.
To ensure your home stays pest-free, you’ll need to concoct a shampoo bug spray and a garlic, onion, and pepper spray. For the former, mix one tablespoon of baby shampoo for every gallon of water. Once the sun sets, spray the solution on your lawn and wait to reap the benefits. For the garlic, onion, and pepper spray, simply pulverize two garlic bulbs and two small onions. Once they form a liquid, toss in two tablespoons of cayenne pepper. As a final step, add two quarts of water. With a 2-2-2-2 ratio, you’ll never forget this DIY pest remedy.
With these all-natural home remedies in your artillery, you won’t have to worry about wilting plant life or contaminated produce, nor will you have to lose sleep over the possibility of your young children ingesting harsh chemical-based pesticides.
Choosing to overlook the importance of routine weeding, mowing, and watering could have dire consequences. To gain a reputation as the neighbor with the most immaculate front yard, you’ll need to do your part and review these lawn care tips and tricks. Remind these garden pests who’s boss by reclaiming your territory.
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980. Over the last 26 years she has practised landscape architecture and garden design, running her own business in Devon.
During the 1990s, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as Design Director, where she is still a shareholder but also runs her own practice in Hampshire.
Sarah has an esteemed record in RHS shows, having won eight Gold medals, Best in Show and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at Tatton Park and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.