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5 Lawncare Tips for a Pest-Free Yard

Many pests like to make their home on the lawns of residential neighborhoods. They can put a damper on backyard barbeques and games of catch, as well as damage your grass and other plants. 

Part of keeping a pest-free yard is maintaining a healthy lawn. These 5 tips will make it so the grass is always greener on your side:

1. Keep it Mowed Down

An overgrown lawn provides a lot of hiding places for pests and bugs. It provides shade from the sun and protection from predators such as birds flying overhead. Mowing your lawn regularly uncovers many pests to either be eaten or run off to a new hiding spot.

However, you should be careful about cutting your grass to be too short. A short lawn can get baked by the sun or have a harder time retaining water and nutrients. Also be sure to dispose of grass clippings properly, or it’ll just become the new hiding spot for the pests you’re trying to get rid of.

2. Take a Deep Breath

Aeration is an underrated lawncare technique that will really bring out the best of your lawn. The process is simple; an aeration machine loosens up the soil so that essential nutrients can reach the roots. If the soil is too tight and compacted, air, water, and other nutrients are blocked out.

Many pests love to eat rotting and decaying plants. Your lawn will certainly fit into that category if it’s lacking proper nutrition. A healthy lawn is great for humans and not very appetizing to pests. 

3. Use the Right Amount of Water

Watering your lawn is one of the easier tasks to complete, especially since most U.S. homes are equipped with a full sprinkler system. The trick is watering just the right amount. Not enough water obviously will dry out your lawn and kill it. Too much water creates bogs and puddles that certain pests will love to call home. 

For example, mosquitos lay their eggs in pools of still water. No one wants their yard to become a breeding ground for biting insects. While you water, watch for runoff and pools of water forming as indicators that you need to run your sprinklers for less time. 

4. Fertilize as Necessary

Tried all of the above yet you’re still having trouble keeping a thriving, healthy lawn? Some fertilizer should do the trick. You only need to do this a few times a year, but it can make all the difference for struggling grass seed.

There are a lot of different fertilizers, and one product might be better for your lawn than it is for your neighbors. Do some light research and apply carefully. Your lawn should perk up in no time!

5. Add Some Diatomaceous Earth

When all else fails, sprinkle in somediatomaceous earth to finish the job. This composite is a natural pest repellant and can even kill many obnoxious pests. Even better, diatomaceous earth won’t do any harm to your lawn at all like some pest control products often do.

Diatomaceous earth is also safe for pets and children, so you won’t have to lock down the yard after application. Just be sure not to use too much of it, since it is powdery and can be inhaled on accident if cast about in large quantities.

Take back your lawn this summer with PF Harris home pest control solutions. Don’t let pests claim your yard for themselves!