Now that winter is behind us, it’s time to get serious about your lawn care for the new year. After winter, especially a mild winter like we just had here in Atlanta, pesky insects can begin to rear their heads earlier than usual. Since most insects hibernate through the winter, they enter spring hungry and on the pursuit of food (usually in the form of your lawn and shrubs). A mild winter only wakes them up sooner. That’s why it’s so important to treat your yard for lawn pests earlier than usual to help protect your grass, as well as your family and pets, from infestations down the road.
Though garden insects are never popular, they aren’t all bad for the health of your lawn. In fact, some insects can even be beneficial for your yard. For example, ground beetles can help the health of a lawn or garden by feeding on soil-dwelling pests, like maggots and cutworms. However, other lawn insects can damage your landscape and require extermination. It’s important to know which insects are the harmful ones that you should be looking out for.
The following insects can negatively affect your lawn if not properly treated:
- Fire Ants
- Leaf Miners
- Spider Mites
- Japanese Beetles
The sooner you begin treating your lawn for insects the better. Acting now to kill early-invading bugs can provide the head start needed to fully protect your lawn and property as the spring makes way for summer and the weather begins to really heat up. Regardless of how you plan to treat your lawn, organically or with chemicals, make sure to follow the label directions carefully to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety. You can always call on the experts at Turf Shield for assistance. Contact Turf Shield today to discuss how we can help treat your lawn for even the most vicious of lawn pests. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more lawn care tips and updates.