Is your Tulsa lawn having to contend with pest problems? Whether its moles, grubs, ants, or other insects, these outdoor pests can be very frustrating and wreak havoc on your garden and lawn. What can you do to take back your lawn?
Here are a few things to keep an eye on and some things you can do about it.
When you start to see tunnels and holes throughout your lawn, you may have a mole, vole, or shrew problem. Moles can dig 100 feet of tunnels in a day, the National Mole Hunters Association noted, so these little guys can pretty much destroy a lawn.
Moles dig in search of food like grubs and other insects so controlling these as part of your residential lawn care program can greatly help to control moles. Traps are also an effective mole control method. It’s easier for moles to dig through your lawn when your lawn is soft and damp, so giving your lawn a deeper watering only once a week may help to stop these pests without causing harm to your lawn.
Grubs are small, white immature beetles that are often found in a “C” shape. These outdoor pests feed on your turf’s roots and will create patches of brown, dead grass that are easily uprooted.
A good residential Tulsa lawn care program can do much to help prevent these pests from taking over. For instance, overseeding your lawn with grass varieties that will thrive in your area will help to keep the lawn strong and withstand a grub attack. Giving your lawn a deep watering once a week can allow the turf to get enough water while at the same time allowing the soil to dry out enough to deter grubs. Aeration, overseeding, and a good lawn fertilization program can help to lessen problems for your turf.
If underneath a brown patch of turf, you find around eight or more grubs, then a pest control treatment might be best. Depending on the type of grub and pest control treatment, this may be good to do in the beginning of summer. Talk with the lawn care professionals at Oklahoma Landscape for tips in treating your lawn for grubs and other pests.
Ants are one of the most common type of lawn pests. Fire ants are especially bothersome as their bite can leave a painful bump or blister and for some can cause fatalities. These aggressive ants construct mounds and underground tunnels connecting to one large colony.
There are fire ant baits that can kill the colony queen and ultimately destroying the mounds. There are also pest control treatments that can be used. Check with your local pest control management or landscaping company on the best pest control treatment to use with these ants, and use caution and good judgment when using any treatment against these aggressive insects.
It’s also been found that ants prefer lawns that are not well maintained with areas of high grass, debris, and unkempt shrubbery. So having a consistent lawn care maintenance program for your landscape that keeps your lawn neat and clean can help to control these lawn pests.
For more information on how to prevent or control these outdoor pests, contact the Tulsa lawn care specialists at Oklahoma Landscape.