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Lawn Care As Pest Prevention: Just the Facts

1. Scalping your lawn, weakens the scalped areas turf, and allows weed invaders to take the place of the weakened grass.

2. Not mowing the grass at a low enough level leaves cover for insects and allows some low growing weeds to reproduce seed under the mowing height

3. Thatch hides insects, and should be removed or cultivated, and not allowed to build up. Good mowing practices will stop it from building.

4. Waiting too long between mowing's, can allow weeds time to reach seed head maturity, and plant themselves in your nice green lawn. Too much growth also provides cover for insects.

5. When you have waited too long to mow, change your mowing height, so that you take off less leaf blade, and then mow again in a few days at a lower cutting height. Do this in increments until you reach your desired cutting height.

6. You should never remove more than one third of the top at a time. Taking too much off at once will leave your lawn in a weakened condition, inviting more bugs and weeds to take over.

7. Avoid mowing weedy outside areas before you mow your lawn. If you have to do this for some reason, stop and thoroughly clean your mower between the two areas.

8. Mow away from your landscape beds and garden to avoid throwing grass, weed clippings, and seed into them.

9. Don't "over water" your lawn and landscape beds. Many weed pests, and bug pests enjoy excess water, and may decide to take up residence in the new sea side resort in your landscape. Over watering fuels fungus, and bacteria as well.

10. Over fertilization leads to most of the same problems as over watering.

11. Don't fertilize your lawn too late in the year. If you do, you may be fertilizing winter weeds instead of grass.

12. Avoid aerifying late in the fall. Aerifying at that time, will plant the weed seeds that would have otherwise rotted on top of the ground.

13. Avoid lawn compaction. Areas with heavy foot traffic, are likely to have poor quality turf, and are subject to invasion by weeds that like compacted areas. If you have compaction, loosen it by aerifying. If the area is getting so much traffic because it is convenient, you could make a paved foot path through the area, or you could plant or build a traffic barrier to make it less convenient.

This site is designed to lead naturally from one subject to the next. It can be used without doing this. To follow in sequence, go to Landscape As Prevention

If you need help to carry out the steps provided on this site, or treatment for the bugs and weeds and other pests already on your property, the best place to go for that help in The Tyler, East Texas area is TexPest Services.



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