Lawn Pest Control – Maintenance Guide

Written by Irene Melton | Updated
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People have differing views when it comes to lawn pest control.

Some are of a mind to just “nuke” the little critters and others would like a safe humane way to extricate the little buggers.

We are speaking to people in both categories. The method is IPM and it is a method that attempts to find the least invasive and destructive manner possible.

Lawn pest control does not have to always mean fungicides and pesticides.

Changing the environment can also be an effective way to rid yourself of fungus and insects.

Making changes as it relates to the mechanics of the practices you now use within your lawn care routine and using nature’s own pest control devices, can greatly improve the health of your lawn without resorting to chemical warfare.

If you are having a problem with pest here is information for you on all three methods and how to properly use them.

Cultural methods:

Changing care tactics can sometimes restore a lawn that has been receiving improper care, into a healthy paradise with strong grasses and fewer problems.

Not mowing the grass so short and watering with the correct amount (1/2-1 inch) may be just the ticket to cure an ailing lawn.

In some situations this may just not be enough.

Mechanical Methods:

Often all it takes is for you to get down and dirty, that is to say get in there and pull a few weeds.

Set out some traps for the gophers and other critters that can wreck your lawn.

The pulling of some types of weeds will meet with limited success crab grass and dandelion for example; these grow back unless you get the root.

Chemical Treatments:

These include insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, there are some of these are derived from nature but the majority of them are chemical based man made formulas.

The best kinds to use are those that eliminate the pests without any side effects.

This means that you must follow all the directions to the letter.


Integrated pest management has been a popular choice of late; the focus of this method is to solve the lawn pest problem with as little environmental impact as possible.

The process has been taken on by most of the colleges and universities.

Read the Labels:

Labels are legally required to be on all pesticide products.

The federal government set forth detailed regulations of what has to be included on these labels.

The labels are uniform for all lawn pest control products.

Lawn pest control is serious business.

As a homeowner you want the best possible lawn but never forget that you also have a duty to the environment.

Use products safely and wisely so that the footprint you leave are not detrimental to the health or the future of the planet.