Fall is a welcome sight in Michigan. The temperatures move from scorching hot to delightfully comfortable. Fall festivals are underway and bonfires bring families and friends together. Fall can also bring unwelcome lawn pests to your home, ultimately invading and infecting your greenscapes. Don’t let critters, creepy crawlers and bugs wreak havoc on your lawn. Say hello to Fall and goodbye to lawn pests with these tips from Turf Tenders.
Clean Up the Lawn
As the ground starts to freeze and snow is imminent, rodents and pests search for a warm place to settle for the winter. Don’t let that space be your greenscapes. Routine lawn care and clean up help to deter insects and bugs from invading your space. As the leaves start to fall, immediately remove those wet piles that attract rodents and minimize the amount of oxygen and nutrients your grass roots absorb.
Continue mowing well into October, too. Pests have a difficult time nestling in grass blades when weeds are non-existent. Raise the height of your lawnmower. Continue to mow until the first freeze to minimize the risk of bacteria and disease forming.
Aerate and Fertilize
The healthier your lawn is during the off-season, the less likely insects and rodents can damage your green spaces. Aerate your lawn to offer the grass roots oxygen and fertilizer to add nutrients to your grass roots. With this added boost, you can strengthen the roots, provide much-needed moisture and encourage growth throughout every season of the year.
If you find that a certain type of pest, insect or rodent is wreaking havoc on your home’s curb appeal, it’s time to ramp up your efforts. Trim back bushes and blooming plants so insects no longer have a safe haven and identify lawn grubs to compile a plan of action. Whether you have ants infecting your landscaped spaces or stink bugs swarming your trees, the more you know about the pests, the better you are able to combat them. Turf Tenders can assist with your combat plan.
Don’t let pesky pests impede the look and health of your trees, shrubs and grass roots. Instead, contact Turf Tenders at (248) 541-5296 to learn more about how you can winterize your lawn, eliminate pests and enjoy the outdoor spaces near your home.