Having a green and well-maintained lawn indeed requires a lot of effort, but no matter how often you feed, cut and take care of your grass, you may find yourself looking at the small spots, holes or other irregularities occurring all around the yard.
Little by little, the same small spots start becoming bigger and common. Before you start panicking, you need to keep in mind that are several possible causes for the spots.
For instance, your lawn may have the grass quality that is prone to diseases, or perhaps you live in the area where the climate largely contributes to lawn disease, or you simply have the bad soil.
The reasons are many, but before you encounter with the spots, let us introduce you with some of the lawn pests and diseases.
Taking a proper care of your lawn does not mean it will not have fungus. Of course, there are some precautions you can take to avoid fungus, but there are also many factors you need to take into consideration.
For instance, the chance that fungus will occur in your lawn depends on humidity and the pH balance of the soil. But how can you recognise it’s the fungus you deal with? Well, you will notice brown spots, fairy rings, grease spots, red threads or powdery mildews.
The fungus is very easy to catch on your lawn since the smallest detail is important when taking care of your soil. You may, for example, have too much or too little of the fertiliser or water, and there you go, the fungus is already present all around your lawn.
However, you can also get rid of it easily. Namely, using a fungicide will help you in removing the disease from your grass.
There are two types of fungicide, the one that works from the inside out, which is called ‘systematic’, and the one that clings to the blades of grass, which is called ‘contact’.
The best thing about a fungicide is the fact that they are produced in an organic form, thus preventing the killing or insects and other beneficial organisms.
ONe way to protect your lawn from the fungus is to water in the morning. If you water your lawn before the sun comes up, you will be protecting the grass from being burned, and the rest of the water will evaporate during the day.
Everyone that has a lawn has most certainly had numerous opportunities to notice a kind of a dead grass between the greens part of it.
Mulching when mowing is healthy for large lawns. Most lawn mowing services will tell you, a little bit of thatch is actually good as it mulches and fertilises the soil. It also helps retain the water and make the soil moist.
But if you notice that thatch prevails, then make sure it is removed as soon as possible because too much of thatch is a suitable base for bacteria and insects that destroy your grass.
For that reason, you can use mowers that mulch the clippings and leave them on the lawn. Some of the clippings will surely decompose, but those that will not decompose can be collected to make compost.
Well, these pests will not be hard to notice because after they are done with your lawn, it will look like a WWI battlefield.
They live underground and are quite efficient in creating tunnels that you have to admire them in a way.
But their volcano like arts of work will definitively not do any good to your lawn so be sure to get rid of them as fast as you can.
Moles usually show up on wet grounds so, in fact, if you keep overwatering your lawn, they will acknowledge that as an invitation. The reason moles enjoy wet ground is because it is much easier to dig tunnels in those conditions.
Plus, moles consider worms, grubs and insects as a speciality and they too enjoy more water.
Although most of the people deal with the moles by using traps, which can be efficient, it may be wiser to use castor oil. It will scare away the moles and let you handle the lawn. But the best way to get rid of moles is not to overwater your lawn, so keep it under control.
Every lawn will attract insects. Some of them are beneficial, but most of them are just terrible pests that will soon ruin your garden if you do not react immediately.
Mole crickets are on top of that list since they are probably the most common pest to attack your lawn. They are quite weird because these insects dig holes and tunnels in search for other smaller insects and decaying plants.
But during their quest, they damage the roots of the grass and other plants which start to deteriorate. And soon you will see huge brown areas all over your green lawn.
That is when you have to get yourself some pesticide to get rid of them. But keep in mind that mole crickets simply adore moist soil which means you should not overwater your lawn. That will be your best strategy to keep these nasty pests away from your garden.
When the winter is finally over, and the snow starts to melt one of the first things you will notice on your lawn are narrow cracks in the ground.
People usually think they were made by ice and snow but in fact, these cracks are often vole trails. They make these trails to freely roam across the lawn and seek shelter in the ground during the cold weather or if spotted by any bigger predators.
The best method of getting rid of the voles is to put castor oil on the trails. Also, put compost or potting soil in the cracks to help the ground and grass recover from these annoying pests.