Things are going great. Your lawn is finally looking good after the cold, winter months. And then you see a mound of grass that's been disturbed. Or you see some patches of dying grass. And now you have to figure out what's causing the problem and fix it before it does any more damage to your lawn.
Luckily for you, we've identified a couple of the most common lawn pests that can cause these headaches, and provided some tips on how you can remove them. Let's get started.
Identification - Moles damage your lawn by digging tunnels through the soil in search of earthworms and insects. They also create mounds of dirt where they have tunneled deep into the ground, which can damage a large area of your lawn. Over time, the grass that's been separated from the soil due to the tunnels will start to die and turn brown.
Treatment - To minimize mole activity in your lawn, you'll want to cut off their food source by using a grub preventative treatment. Additionally, the two most common ways to eliminate moles are either trapping or poisoning. If done properly, both are effective.
Prevention - While it's difficult to completely prevent moles from invading your lawn, there are some things you can do to lessen the chances that you'll get them. First, be careful not to over-water your lawn. Earthworms, which are a primary food source for moles, prefer damp environments. Be sure to water your lawn, but try to limit it to the recommended amount - 1.5"-2" per week including rainfall. Also, use preventative treatments for lawn insects in the early spring to further reduce the food sources for moles in your lawn.
Identification - Grubs are naturally found in the soil, but can become harmful if too many are present in one area. You can spot a grub infestation by looking for brown patches in your lawn. These areas of grass will easily be able to be pulled up to spot the grubs underneath. Or, you may start to see signs of mole activity in your lawn, as they love to feed on grubs.
Treatment - To stop grubs from harming your lawn even further, you can apply an insecticide formulated to eliminate grubs. You will likely need to apply a couple treatments, but it will stop the infestation quickly.
Prevention - The damage that you see in spring is actually caused during the fall when the new larva feed on the grass roots. To prevent these larva from doing damage, you can apply a preventative treatment to your lawn during the summer months (June-July) that will stop the infestation before it starts.
If you prefer the help of a pro, we can help you identify grub damage, eliminate the infestation, and treat your lawn with a proactive grub control to prevent the problem from returning.
We hope this helps you identify and treat a couple of the most common pests and keep your lawn in great condition throughout the summer.