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Don’t Let Your Lawn Be Attacked by One of These 4 Summer Lawn Pests
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Don't Let Your Lawn Be Attacked by One of These 4 Summer Lawn Pests   While lawn problems can occur at any time throughout the year, the hot and humid summer months can make your lawn vulnerable to a wide range of pests and diseases. Identifying problems before they get out of hand is essential to maintaining your lawn healthy and lush. Let’s take a look at four of the most troublesome and common lawn insect pests and what to do to identify and control them efficiently.  
  1. Chinch Bugs
  Chinch bugs are one of the most widespread lawn pests in many areas of Canada. They kill grass by injecting toxic substances into plants during feeding. Chinch bugs are active all summer long, but cause most damage during July and August, when the weather is hot and dry.   Signs of infestation:  
  • Scattered patches of wilted grass
  • Color of infested areas changes from green to yellow and eventually brown
  • Damage most likely to appear on dry slopes or near pavement
 
  1. Sod webworms
  Sod webworm is a term describing several species of lawn-infesting caterpillars that live in the thatch level of the lawn and feed on the undersides of leaves and stems just above the crown.
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How Landscape Management Can Contribute to Effective Pest Control
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Gardening
How Landscape Management Can Contribute to Effective Pest Control   Turning your rocky backyard into a lush garden with verdant trees and flowing fountains can provide more than a huge street-side impression. Done right, landscaping can help you repel the nasty intruders that take over your property in the warm season and force you to seek cover indoors.   Pests can find an optimal environment in your landscaping elements, as they usually provide the food and moisture they need for reproduction and growth. The longer they go unnoticed and are free to spread throughout the property, the greater the chances they will eventually find their way inside your home. Reviewing your landscaping design is often a much cheaper yet often overlooked method of preventing insect pests from entering your facility than waiting to treat an actual infestation. Let’s take a look at some of the measures you can apply to beautify your property without harboring pests.  

Choose Vegetation and Mulch Carefully

  One effective way to fight back against mosquitoes, slugs, flies, and gnats naturally is planting selected flowers, shrubs, and herbs in your garden or on your patio.
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How to Control Pests in Winter Gardens
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
  How to Control Pests in Winter Gardens   Asked if they would prefer to grow their vegetables in a winter vegetable garden or in a summer vegetable garden, many gardeners would opt for the first, for one obvious reason: there are far fewer pests and pest-related problems in the winter. Compared to spring, winter is a much quieter time, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of dangers lurking in and above the ground. Caterpillars, snails, wildlife, and other problematic insects remain active in the cooler weather, eating anything from leaves to seedlings and fruit. Let’s take a look at some of the most common pests you are probably going to stumble upon in your garden this winter.  

Top Pests in Winter Gardens

  1) Leaf-infesting insects (slugs, caterpillars, aphids)   Caterpillars are a common occurrence in winter crops; they'll eat your leafy greens in a heartbeat if you don't pay attention to the first infestation signs: shredded leaves, premature defoliation, and fruit damage.
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