The quest for the greenest lawn on your street continues with fertilizing and insect control. Both are vital parts of your lawns’ health. Regular fertilizer treatments will keep your turf healthy and strong by adding nutrients that it is lacking. If your lawn is healthy and thick, weeds and insects will be less likely to intrude and take over.
Most local professionals will recommend 4-5 fertilizer applications per year in the northern part of the country. Lawn feeding, weed control and insect control are usually services that can be combined within the same applications. Your local lawn care professional will help you determine when is the best time to apply, as some are weather dependent.
Common weeds in Northern Ohio:
- Yellow nutsedge
- Poison Ivy
When to treat?
There are thousands of types of weeds that can germinate in your lawn and landscape, and they can thrive on all sorts of conditions. Generally speaking, it will take a regular maintenance program and sometimes professional care to keep up with the weed control in your yard, but keep these few tips in mind...
In the spring, treat with a pre-emergent to keep new weeds from growing.
During the growing months, a time release product can be applied to reinforce the emergence and spread of new weeds. Spot treating the pesty ones with a spray bottle or pump sprayer on a weekly basis will also be effective and aid in the spread of certain weeds.
Common insects and bugs:
- Japanese beetles
Pros and cons of bugs and insects:
Obviously, some insects are helpful and even necessary in our ecosystem. Bumble bees help pollinate our crops but they can sting. Spiders are not damaging to your lawn and landscape, but do live within it. Spiders actually help control other insect populations by feeding on them.
Most are harmless to people, although there are a few exceptions. Some insects like the Japanese Beetle can be downright destructive. The adult beetle feeds on the foliage of hundreds of plants and trees and the young larvae, commonly known as grubs, will live in your grass and feed off of the root system.
Regular feeding and insect control is necessary when trying to maintain a nice looking, healthy lawn. A regular maintenance schedule and a little insight of what to look out for can go a long way towards that feeling of satisfaction when it come to a green healthy lawn. Stay tuned for more tips on lawn health in the future!