Pest infestations and disease are two of the biggest threats to the well-being of your yard. Pests can eat away at the vegetation in your yard and destroy the root systems. Disease can spread and kill large areas of your grass. As summer approaches, the threat of infestation and disease increases. Pests that were dormant during the winter months are active in the warmer weather. In addition, your yard may be more vulnerable in the summer to pests and disease due to improper watering and lack of important nutrients. Infestation and disease may seem to be more prevalent during the summer but that does not mean you have to simply accept a dead or dying yard. There are a number of steps you can take to protect against infestation and disease in your yard.
Protect against infestation during the summer
There are several different types of pests that can infest your yard and cause major damage. Pests such as aphids, earwigs, grubs, snails, and mites can cause significant damage to your grass and other vegetation in your yard. Rodents like moles, voles, and gophers can cause unsightly damage to your yard and destroy the root systems of your grass. The ways in which these pests attack your yard vary and so do your options for getting rid of them. There are a wide variety of chemical options available for dealing with pests. You can apply these chemical options yourself or get professional help. A big advantage of working with a lawn care professional is that they have experience identifying the source of lawn problems and can help you choose the appropriate treatment. Rodents can be more difficult to deal with than other types of pests because they operate mostly underground. Traps and poison are two options that homeowners and lawn care professionals have for dealing with a rodent infestation.
Protect against disease during the summer
The number one way to protect your yard against disease is to keep it healthy. You can keep it healthy by watering it appropriately, mowing consistently and having it aerated and fertilized at certain times during the year. Over or under watering your yard can make it more susceptible to disease. Mowing it too short can damage the root systems and leaving it too long can allow problems to go unnoticed. Aerating your yard and then fertilizing it is a way to get vital nutrients directly to the roots of your grass. Paying attention to these elements will help you develop a healthy yard that is more resistant to disease than a yard that has been neglected.
Summer is a great time of year to be outside enjoying your yard and the weather. The potential for issues in your yard related to pests or disease are more prevalent during the summer but you do not have to resign yourself to always having issues. Consistent effort (from you or a lawn care professional) will result in a summertime yard that is healthy and protected against the treats of pests and disease.