When spring arrives not only do we want to get outside and play in our yards, so do pests. You need to take action before they threaten your beautiful yard. Without professional lawn pest control services, all of your hard work landscaping could be ruined. Here are a few to be on the lookout for this spring:
It is natural to have insects living in your garden, and in many instances it is beneficial. Unfortunately, there are certain insects you must watch out for lest they start to damage your lawn.
Grub worms damage lawns by eating the root systems of turf grass during the early months of autumn. This is the best time of year to treat your lawn for these pests. When winter arrives, the grubs bury themselves deeper in the ground. When spring arrives they resurface and begin to eat your grass’s root system again. They then become adult Japanese Beetles, lay more eggs, and an infestation is soon out of control.
Army worms look like cute little caterpillars, but they can do some damage to your lawn. These pests will eat the grass straight down to the blade. If you notice flocks of birds gathering on your lawn, they might be feasting on these pests.
Chinch Bugs are tiny insects with sucking mouths that cause turf damage in sunny, open areas of your lawn. The damage they cause can resemble Brown Patch and other fungal diseases, so it is best to have an expert look at the damaged turf.
Brown Patch is caused by a fungus, Rhizoctonia. It is most common during mid to late summer. Brown Patch spreads easily if left unchecked. This spring’s very rainy weather has our professionals expecting to see more brown patch crop up this year.
Dollar spot is caused by the fungus Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. It creates silver dollar sized spots throughout your turf and needs to be treated quickly to prevent spreading.
Pythium Blight is a powerful fungal disease that can also ruin your lawn if not treated quickly. Pythium blight first appears as small, circular patches during hot and humid weather. The patches are usually matted, orange or dark gray, and look greasy.
Another fungus to look out for is Zoysia Patch. This fungus attacks during the spring. Patches of tan-orange grass form small patches which can spread to over twenty feet in diameter.
Controlling weeds is vital to a healthy lawn. Nutsedge has a three-sided stem and star-shaped flowers. Nutsedge is can split concrete and force its way through driveways. Nutsedge is active between the months of April and September.
Virginia Buttonweed is a broadleaf weed that arrives with spring and grows throughout the summer. It is a deep-rooted perennial that does well in moist areas. It is one of the most difficult weeds to treat and a specific treatment is necessary to get rid of it. They are beautiful when they bloom, but hard to get rid of.
Wild Violets have heart shaped leaves and start in shady parts of your lawn and quickly spread, even to sunny areas. They are tenacious and should be immediately treated. Environmental Turf Management is a leader in lawn care services in the Atlanta metro area. To know more about how we can keep your lawn healthy and beautiful, contact us today.