A lush, green lawn is something to be proud of – and many pests will agree. The water you use to keep your lawn hydrated can attract pests, keeping them healthy and hydrated until they hitch a ride on you, your kids and pets, or sneak their way into your home. Many of these pests are perfectly content to stay in the grass, creating unsightly patches as they feast on your lawn.
There’s no shortage of poisons to put these pests to bed. However, these solutions can be toxic to your lawn, your family and your pets. They can pollute waterways as they wash away in the rain. These chemicals are expensive. And they’re totally unnecessary.
Common Lawn Pests That Don’t Stand A Chance
Everyone has that one lawn pest that they hate the most. Who’s your mortal enemy – is it a family of moles, tunneling for grubs and making a mess of your soil? Or is it generations of fleas, relentlessly attacking your pets and making them miserable?
Chances are, you’re fighting an all-out war, battling each day to get your lawn back from multiple populations of lawn pests.
The most common types of pests that inhabit lawns include:
- Ants – both red fire ants and black ants
- Mold and Mildew
- Moles, mices and other rodents
All of these pests destroy the hard work you’ve put into your lawn. They make it impossible for your kids and pets to romp worry-free. They ruin the beauty of your grass, and bring disease instead.
Step 1: Kill The Sprinklers.
In the dry heat of the summer, you might be tempted to overwater your lawn to compensate. Sometimes, you might forget to turn the sprinklers off, or you might rely on an automated timer to control your sprinkler system, leaving your grass soaked to the roots.
If you’re noticing an excessive amount of mosquitoes, mold, mildew, or worm casings, there’s a good chance that cutting back on the water can help reduce the problem.
Know your type of grass and water accordingly. If your lawn squishes under your feet, even hours after watering, or the water is running off into your driveway, unable to soak into the grass roots, cut back. You’ll see fewer pests and a reduced water bill.
Step 2: Spread Red Cedar Granules.
Make your lawn a less friendly place for pests to live by spreading red cedar granules across your lawn. A hand-held seeder can help you evenly distribute the granules.
Surround your home with a border of granules to discourage disgruntled pests from entering your home. Place granules directly in ant hills and mole mounds.
The granules repel pests on your lawn, in kennels, dog runs, gardens and shrubs for at least 3 months. Cedar products also eliminate odors, replacing offensive odors with a pleasant, woodsy aroma.
Step 3: Spray Nature’s Defender Cedar Oil.
Treat your lawn with a natural cedar oil product like Nature’s Defender. You can use the hose-end sprayer to quickly spray your entire lawn, creating a pest-free environment.
Used in conjunction with cedar granules, you’ll build a powerful defense against pests.
The antimicrobial properties of cedar neutralizes mold and mildew, while insects like fleas, mites and mosquitoes are disrupted at all stages of their life cycles.
After the initial application, you can dampen your lawn every 15 days to keep your lawn pest-free.
When the cedar granules lose their potency, they are refreshed when you spray again. The granules help keep the cedar oil in place, continuously keeping pests from infesting your lawn.
Step 4: Have A Well-Deserved Picnic.
Now that you’ve got your lawn back, it’s time to celebrate.
Grab your picnic blanket, wine, cheese and sandwiches and raise a toast to your lush, green lawn. No longer do you have to worry about getting bitten by mosquitoes, stung by fire ants, and bothered by grubs. Enjoy!