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How to Keep Your Lawn Green and Pests at Bay

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Written by B&B

3603547770_e46a257604_zA good lawn is a source of pride. Your house can be as pristine as can be, but if it’s got a patchy brown lawn, unfortunately that is all that people will notice. Keeping pests from your lawn and keeping your lawn green go hand and hand. Here are a few tips to ensure that your lawn is healthy and infestation free.

Keep grubs from hatching

Grubs can kill your lawn quickly, without you even knowing it. After laying eggs in your lawn, newly hatched grubs feed on the grass roots in your lawn before hibernating for winter. This is when they do the most damage to a beautiful green lawn. However, this can all be prevented beforehand. By applying a good quality grub killer, you can kill the grubs right after they hatch, stopping them before they damage your lawn. And best of all, you usually only need some simple garden hand tools to apply most types of grub killer.

Get your lawn a cup of coffee

14449865056_2048d9ecc8_zCoffee grounds are a great addition to your lawn and garden. They add nitrogen to the soil, increase the acidity of the soil, and best of all, a wide range of creatures can’t stand coffee grounds. Slugs especially can’t stand coffee, and they are some of the biggest pests that can grace your lawn with their presence.

Grow some herbs

Many strong smelling herbs – such as citronella, mint, fennel, basil and lemongrass – are natural deterrents for garden pests. These herbs deter everyday garden pests from aphids to potato beetles. Plus, they smell great to us humans!

Bring healthy insects into your lawn

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Sometimes mother nature can be a good lawn’s best friend. Garden pests like aphids and slugs aren’t exactly at the top of the food chain, and by bringing in beneficial insects that prey on those pests, like lady beetles and green lacewings, you can get rid of those pests in a natural way. These healthy insects can be lured into your lawn if it’s an attractive habit (i.e. there’s food, shelter, and water). This is a healthier and more effective lawn treatment than other methods.

As you can see, cultivating a healthy lawn isn’t a difficult task, it just takes a bit of planning and foresight. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way.

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