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Category: Natural Pest Solutions

How To Stop Animals From Digging Up The Lawn

September 10, 2018 by Alec McClennan

There are a variety of critters who sometimes frequent our lawns and can cause issues while theyre looking for food. Moles tunnel under the ground and can create a mess, especially in the Spring. Skunks and Racoons are more of an issue in the Fall as they work to fatten up for winter. Why are Animals Digging In My Lawn? Animals will dig because theyre hungry. Moles, Skunks, and Racoons all eat a variety of worms, insects, and grubs. Just because you have Animals Digging, it does not mean that you have a grub problem. Animals will dig in search of food and return to places where theyve found food in the past. How Many Grubs is too Many? A healthy lawn can tolerate up to 5 grubs per square foot. An average size lawn is 5000 square feet, so that is 25,000 grubs! Its not possible to kill all the grubs, even if you resort to using a chemical that sits on the lawn for months. Using a natural grub suppression treatment like beneficial nematodes is a good idea to minimize one of the food sources

Posted in How To, Lawn Tips, General, Organic Lawn Care, Natural Pest Solutions

How to Control Grubs Without Chemicals

August 14, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Have you been looking for a natural way to kill grubs in your lawn? An organic grub killer? Are you concerned that your lawn might be at risk for Grub Damage? The good news is that you can control grubs without using chemicals! Read on for some tips. Tip 1: Water Properly The first step in Natural Grub Prevention is to water your lawn properly. How does watering affect grubs? First lets take a look at what a grub is and its lifecycle. The image above shows how a Japanese Beetle comes out of the ground in late June, feeds on plants through the summer, and then lays eggs that turn into grubs in the fall. Have you ever watched Japanese Beetles closely in the summer? Youll often seem them stacked on top of each other, hard at work making some eggs. In order for the Japanese Beetle Eggs to turn into grubs, they need moisture. So, if you water your lawn every day during the summer, youre giving the grub eggs just what they need to survive! So if you dont water your lawn, it will probably

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Pesticides, TurfType Tall Fescue, Tips, Natural Pest Solutions, Grubs, Organic Grub Control

How to Kill Clover Without Chemicals

June 01, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Does your lawn look like the lawn pictured below? Are you seeing a lot of white flowers in your lawn and dont like the look of them? Maybe youre concerned about the clover attracting bees and making it more likely for your kids to get stung? If this is your lawn and youd like to get some more grass and less clover, keep reading, well get there... Why You Might Want to Keep Your Clover But, before we talk about How to Eliminate Clover without using chemicals, lets spend a second looking at the benefits of clover and perhaps convince you that youd like to keep the clover after all. Reason 1: Clover Fertilizes Your Lawn Clover has a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that attach themselves to its roots. These bacteria can absorb nitrogen (the main nutrient that gives grass its green color) from the atmosphere, meaning that it doesnt need to be fertilized. Even better, if you have a good mix of clover (or microclover) you shouldnt need to fertilize your lawn much. Contrary to poplular

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Microclover, How To, Weeds, Tips, Natural Pest Solutions, Organic Weed Control

How to Eliminate Mosquitoes Without Chemicals

May 13, 2013 by Alec McClennan

So youd like to get out and enjoy the yard without being eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes? How about a barbeque where you arent the main course? Are your kids complaining about itchy mosquito bites? Are you worried about spraying a chemical to control mosquitoes? The good news is that there are some great, safe and organic ways to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your landscape and give your kids every reason to be outside (why give them another reason to be inside playing video games). Step 1: Dont Let Mosquitoes Hatch Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds There are a variety of strategies for controlling mosquitoes. The first involves preventing them from ever becoming adults. You can do this by minimizing standing water on your property - Id get rid of that birdbath. Also, if you have areas of your lawn or yard that tend to hold water you might consider adding drainage and/or improving the soil with something like our aerify plus which will open up the soil and allow water to drain

Posted in Mosquitoes, Natural Pest Solutions
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