Four Main Causes for Infestation Or Disease In Your Yard

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Four Main Causes for Infestation Or Disease In Your Yard | The Experienced GardenerTaking care of a landscape or garden can feel like a never-ending struggle at times. During the spring and summer, you have to water it, fertilize it, regularly mow it and keep an eye on weed levels. And if you want that lawn to stay strong, you need to provide maintenance during the winter, too; aerating it, fertilizing it, and keeping it clean.

And no matter the time of year, disease and infestation are a constant concern. Although they’re more likely to be encountered in spring and summer, you need to be vigilant year-round. Here are four main causes of infestation or disease in your yard:

  • Bugs

There are a variety of pests that will attack your home and lawn, but we’re more concerned about those that spread disease here. Bugs like whiteflies, aphids and scales. All of these creatures occur naturally, and some of them (like aphids) will be controlled by the environment – the food chain ought to keep aphids in check. But whiteflies and scales sometimes require treatment.

  • Moisture

This might seem counterintuitive – don’t all plants need water, in order to grow and survive? Yes, obviously, but too much water can be harmful to plants. And after long periods of rain, it’s common for fungus to grow on your landscape. If this fungus affects trees or plants, it could cause all sorts of nasty diseases.

  • Using Too Much Fertilizer

Fertilizer works so well because it contains nitrogen, which helps spur growth of the lawn. But if you used too much fertilizer or applied it improperly, you’re going to “burn” the lawn with all that nitrogen. You need to user fertilizer exactly as the directions state, and don’t overdo it.

  • Mowing the Lawn Too Short

Another seemingly odd inclusion on this list, but it’s an important one. Aside from mowing regularly, you also don’t want to mow too short. Otherwise, you risk putting too much stress on the grass as it tries to recover, which could cause it to turn yellow and become weakened. Additionally, short grass gives weeds a chance to grow stronger – without grass blocking the sunlight, weeds can flourish.

Not every type of grass should be the same length, so check this list to see where your lawn should be.

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