Insect and Disease Control for Your Yard: What You Should Know

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Insect and Disease Control for Your Yard: What You Should Know | The Experienced GardenerHave you noticed that your once lush yard is starting to thin out? Are there bald spots in the grass that weren’t there before? Are the leaves on your plants starting to fill up with holes? Does your garden seem to be failing even though you water it appropriately and keep the weeds away? These issues can be signs that the grass and plants in your yard are infected with disease or infested with insects. Either one of these issues left unchecked can quickly turn a healthy yard into a barren waste land. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to protect your yard from more damage and prevent additional problems in the future.

  • Find the source of the problem to help you determine the appropriate treatment.

The first step in treating the problem that is ruining your yard is to identify the source. When you notice patches of dying grass it can be the result of insect activity or disease. It can be difficult to determine the exact source but there are a few signs you can look for to help you tell the difference between insect activity and disease.

The most obvious way to determine if you have an insect problem in your yard is finding insects on your grass or other plants. This task will be a little easier in a garden setting because you can inspect individual leaves for bugs. Searching through individual blades of grass for the presence of insects is not a feasible option. If there are small patches of grass that are dying you can start by looking at those patches and around the perimeter for the presence of pests.

There are several factors that contribute to disease in your yard. Lawns and gardens can experience problems in reaction to over or under watering and changes in the environment such as extremely cold or hot weather. Yards can also develop problems with fungus, slime, and mildew. For a more in depth description of the different types of diseases you may notice in your yard, look here. If you are able to accurately identify the problem you will be able to look for treatments that address it specifically and prevent a recurrence.

  • Enlist the help of a professional to identify and treat the problem.

Sometimes it is difficult to identify the source of yard problems on your own. For example, there are insects that you will never see that eat away at the roots of your grass and plants. In addition, there are diseases that have different causes but have a similar impact on your lawn. The appropriate treatment may be different depending on the underlying cause of the disease. If you are having difficulty with insect and disease control for your yard, it may be time to call in the help of a professional. A lawn care specialist will have the knowledge and resources to help you identify and treat the problems that are hurting your yard.

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