You’ve done your job.
After consulting and working extensively with a trusted expert in lawn care from Salt Lake City, Utah, you have religiously kept their advice:
- Never overwater your lawn and garden.
- Avoid mowing and cutting the grass blades too low.
- Keep grass clippings to help nourish the lawn.
- Aerate the soil every so often to ensure plant roots penetrate the soil and actually benefit from the all the fertilizing you have been religiously doing.
- , etc.
In fact, you have also made it a point to do some additional research to ensure your yard remains healthy and lush throughout the year. This way, you and your family can enjoy spending time alone or with guests during your occasional weekend barbecues and brunches.
But now, you’ve noticed a problem brewing: bugs.
And whether it’s mosquitoes, ants, fleas, ticks, termites, chiggers and any other type of pest, they’re all the same. They’re nasty and need to be eradicated ASAP.
To get you well-armed for your battle with the bugs, here are some things you can do:
1. Maintaining the yard
Bugs like mosquitoes thrive in the “watering holes” you may be inadvertently providing them in your yard.
If you notice pools of water accumulating in certain sections of your yard, you may want to check for poor drainage if you have already been aerating the soil properly. Have it filled with dirt or get the soil professionally regraded (if needed) to prevent standing water from accumulating in sections of your yard.
Also try to adopt landscaping practices that ensure your lawn gets as much exposure to sunlight as possible. You can do this by trimming shrubs, twigs and branches. Why? Most bugs like chiggers and termites absolutely hate sunlight because it can kill them.
Regular lawn mowing, edging, trimming and the like will also help minimize the vegetation these nasty little buggers can hide in. And while you suspect you still have an ongoing pest problem, collect grass clippings after mowing and keep them for fertilizing purposes later.
2. Checking drainage channels
If your yard is in pretty good shape, you may want to look into the drainage channels themselves such as drains and gutters. Ensure that they are free from clogging materials like fallen leaves, grass clippings and other types of debris so they function efficiently.
While you’re at it, ensure you don’t have any plumbing issues, leaking A/C units, and similar problems that may contribute to water pooling.
3. Changing pool, birdbath and fountain water
Water features in your outdoor area such as a swimming pool, bird bath and fountain should be checked as well.
Ensure the water in your pool is filtered and chlorinated even when it is not in use. Additionally, if you keep water features such as fountains, see to it that the water is changed twice a week.
The same goes for the water kept in your birdbath. Doing so will discourage mosquitoes from laying eggs in these areas. And if there are already eggs, changing the water regularly will prevent the eggs from hatching.
4. Minimizing clutter
Get rid of all unnecessary items in your yard. This involves not only removing leaves, brush, woodpiles, lawn clippings, tires, unused furniture, dog shelters and accessories, but also yard equipment which you only occasionally use.
In doing so, you are getting rid of all possible hiding and breeding places for pests, and cleaning up your place as well.
Ensure all trash cans and dumpsters inside and near your home are covered.
5. Introducing bug-repelling plants
Aside from taking all the above precautions, a lawn care professional from Murray, Utah also advises homeowners to include plants that are known to naturally repel insects in their garden, whenever feasible.
- Lemon Grass
- Lemon Thyme
Depending on the type of bug/s you are dealing with, you may also want to look up other natural ways to get rid of pests so you can go back to enjoying your yard, and keep it lush and beautiful all year long.