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How To Prep Lawns For Late Fall and Early Spring Pests


Part of caring for our clients’ landscaping needs is creating an environment that’s pleasing to humans, yet unattractive to pests.

By preparing lawns in the late fall and early winter, you help strengthen lawns and prevent the growth of unwanted flora and uninvited critters when spring arrives.


Pests of Concern

  • White grubs – Grubs eat the roots near the surface of the soil, causing grass to die. The presence of white grubs often attracts birds, raccoons, skunks and moles.
  • Cinch bugs – Cinch bugs destroy lawns by sucking the moisture out of grass blades.
  • Rodents – Rodents hide in landscape debris and weeds, nest in unkempt areas and may feed on other types of garden pests.
  • Weeds – Weeds germinate in the fall to prepare for springtime growth.
  • Fertilize – Twelve Oaks Landscape recommends the use of a natural winterizing fertilizer to promote lawn root development and pest resistance.
  • Prevent weed growth – Weed the landscape regularly and apply a pre-emergent, like Diminsion, to prevent winter and spring weeds.
  • Eliminate leaves –  Fallen leaves make great places to hide for insects and rodents. Turn the leaves into mulch and apply it to the lawn as it acts as a natural fertilizer.
  • Keep mowing: Use the highest setting on the mower in the late fall so the grass stays insulated and strong during the winter.
  • Sow new seeds – If you have a cool-season lawn, reseed bare patches. For warm-season grasses, overseed with cool-season grasses.
  • Clean up food sources – If you have plants or trees that bear fall fruit, pick up produce that falls to the ground so it doesn’t attract pests.

Pest Prevention

As a landscaper, it’s not unheard of to encounter a pest infestation on a client’s property. When this happens, don’t be afraid to partner with a qualified landscape service. The techniques that the professionals use are tailored to the type of pest in question and eliminate unnecessary pesticide use, which helps keep a landscape and the environment safe and healthy.

A healthy lawn prevents the presence of unwanted pests. By employing smart lawn care techniques, you’ll simplify future landscape care and go a long way toward preventing pests that can destroy your hard work. Never hesitate to call Twelve Oaks Landscape to help maintain a pest-free landscape that’s in line with your wishes.

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